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FT: Leverkusen 0 PSG 4. Visitors firmly in command of this tie after a comfortable victory. Bayer made it far too easy, but the French champions showed just how explosive they can be.PSG goal number 21 in the final ten minutes of matches really has put the seal on a fine victory. Two minutes off stoppage time...Wonderful goal from the visitors. Great work from Ibrahimovic to play in Van der Wiel, whose cross finds Lucas Moura, who lays off Cabaye, who side foots into the top corner. Excellent finish to a fine move.GOAL!!! Leverkusen 0 PSG 4 (Cabaye 88).CHANCE! Pastore almost gets in on the act. Great ball in from Ibrahimovic, but Pastore's prod at goal in well blocked by the onrushing Leno.Home side really need to keep their discipline. No need to make matters worse by going down to nine men.Verratti really has been excellent tonight. Has controlled the game from the middle of the park. Zlatan will get the headlines, but Verratti has been key.PSG not over-exerting themselves, and just letting the game peter out. Seem to be saving their legs for coming games.Reinartz should really do better with a close-range header, but he heads straight at Siriglu in the PSG goal. Real chance.Pastore comes on for Lavezzi. One Argentinian for another.Lucas has a strike at goal which is easily saved by Leno. Ambitous from that range, but worth a go.Ibrahimovic shows his dark side, shoving Bender to the floor. However, not even a card for the Swede.More patient attack play from PSG. Many of their attacks seem to be looking for Ibrahimovic, trying to get him his treble.Matuidi makes way for Yohan Cabaye to make his Champions League debut for the Parisians.DISALLOWED GOAL! Matuidi turns inside, fires goalbound, the ball hits Wollscheid and goes in, but the linesman has his flag up for offside, adjudging Lavezzi to be interfering.Brandt looks sharp and has given the home side a little impetus, but needs some support from his teammates.Travelling PSG fans cheering every pass as the visitors turn this encounter into somewhat of a training exercise.Sidney Sam is the man to make way for Philipp Wollscheid.Spahic is given a second yellow card for a foul on Lucas Moura. Looks really soft. May have been for dissent in the aftermath.No way past Toprak this time for Ibrahimovic as he tries to go it alone. Penalty appeals waved away down the other end.Guardado needs to be careful. Conceding some needless fouls, and could see red at this rate.Pace of the game has really slowed as the visitors don't need to do any of chasing of the game. Bayer trying to get into it, but Parisians standing firm.Guardado whips the ball in from the right, which causes problems, but Sam cannot convert the loose ball. Better from home side.Lavezzi is down from minimal contact. Doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the Argentine.Guardado is booked for a cynical pull on Lucas Moura. Rather obvious it must be said.Double change for Bayer. Julian Brandt comes on for Son Hueng-Min and Reinartz replaces Rolfes.PSG now 11/1 to win 5-0!! many can PSG get here? Is the tie over? Get in touch! Tweet me: @PeteHall86HT: Leverkusen 0 PSG 3. Bayer will point to a dubious penalty decision, but the truth is they have been blown away by Ibrahimovic and co. The Swede's incredible third the real pick of the bunch.Home side really up against it now. Crowd are stunned after a dynamic few minutes from the visitors.Having barely been in the match, Ibrahimovic has exploded into life here. This time, it was far more spectacular, unleashing a thunderbolt from 20-yards, which arrowed into the top corner from his so-called weaker left-foot. Incredible.GOAL!!!! Leverkusen 0 PSG 3 (Ibrahimovic 42).Eagle-eyed spot from the referee, adjudging Spahic to have bundled Lavezzi to the ground illegally. Nevertheless, Ibrahimovic made no mistake from the spot to double the visitors' lead.GOAL!!! Leverkusen 0 PSG 2 (Ibrahimovic 39 pen)Leverkusen manage their first shot on target from distance through defender Spahic, but it is straight at Sirigu in the PSG goal.Ibrahimovic trying plenty of flicks and tricks but they are simply not coming off. Perhaps needs to go more direct.Now the home side's turn to defend shakily, but Ibrahimovic can't capitalise, and Leno can bring the ball clear.Some scrappy defending from the visitors goes unpunished. Kiessling again in the thick of it, but should have passed, rather than trying to take it on himself.Great ball in from Hilbert from the right which finds Kiessling, but he cannot connect properly and Sirigu gathers the loose ball.More calm possession from the visitors. Really is somewhat of a procession so far for the French champions.Really wayward from Sam. Lazy pass, looking for Hilbert, but puts it out for a throw. No excuses really.Ibrahimovic starting to get a little annoyed with some of the rough treatment he is getting. Fair challenge however.Home side starting to get on the ball, with Guardado getting involved much more. Need to offer more of a threat however.Daniel Grandjoue is full of praise for PSG on Twitter: "PSG to win 3-1. Very good away from home."Hilbert next to go in the book for a late challenge on Verratti in midfield. Referee had no choice after Matuidi yellow.Some really patient football from the visitors. In no rush to get the ball forward. No wonder they have such a high pass completion rate!CHANCE! Ibrahimovic really should have doubled PSG's lead. After keeper Leno fumbled, the enigmatic hitman latched onto the rebound, but his goalbound effort was blocked on the line.Sam has Bayer's first effort at goal, but on his stronger left foot, he fires well over the bar. Was leaning back when pulling the trigger.Straight at the wall. From the rebound the visitors keep the ball well, but are pressured well by Bayer, forcing them backwards.Free-kick to PSG in a dangerous position, with that man Ibrahimovic standing over the ball.Bayer look shell-shocked so early on. On the attack now, but struggling to maintain any penetrative possession.Goalscorer Matuidi is then cautioned for a late lunge. Harsh so early on in the game.What a start! Verratti finds space in the middle, plays a delightful throughball to Matuidi, who finishes with aplomb. Not what the home side wanted.GOAL! Leverkusen 0 PSG 1 (Matuidi 2)We are underway in the BayArena...Can they repeat their success of 2002? Can boss Sami Hyypia use what he learnt when winning Europe's elite competition in 2005 with Liverpool to rally his troops?Leverkusen have caused upsets before, as Manchester United will be testament to.Fooey List is another PSG backer on Twitter: "Surely PSG will win 2-0 both goals from Ibrahimovic not a chance Leverkusen can stop him!"Matthew Turner has tweeted a similar prediction: "PSG will walk it. PSG to win 4-0."Free-scoring PSG are favourites to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League ahead of their first-leg trip to Leverkusen. Ibrahimovic has scored five goals in 30 Champions League knockout games. He's netted eight goals this season, already his most prolific campaign in the competition.Will he be the difference tonight?Bayer Leverkusen have scored 56% of their goals from set-pieces (5 out of 9), the highest ratio among the 16 remaining teams in the competition.Only two teams have completed over 90% of their passes in the Champions League this season: Paris SG (90.7%) and Barcelona (90.4%).PSG have scored in each of their last 14 Champions League games. The last time they failed to find the net was in Porto on 3 October 2012. Can they be stopped?PSG's last three Champions League knockout games have all ended in draws (last season's return leg of the last 16 v Valencia and both legs of the quarter finals v Barcelona).Leverkusen have only scored one goal in their last three Champions League games.Ben Foulkes has sent in his prediction: "Psg to win 4-0 because Bayer Leverkusen are a bit bad."It is an expensively assembled PSG side, with talent all over the pitch. Even their bench cost more than the entire Bayer squad!SUBS: Douchez, Cabaye, Marquinhos, Menez, Digne, Raboit, Pastore.PSG XI v Leverkusen: Sirigu, Maxwell, Van Der Wiel, Alex, Silva, Motta, Matuidi, Verratti, Lucas, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic.New signing Yohan Cabaye is on the bench.Still no Edinson Cavani for PSG. Lucas Moura will join the precocious Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi in attack.SUBS: Yelldell, Reinartz, Wollscheid, Hegeler, Oztunali, Boenisch, Brandt.Leverkusen XI v PSG: Leno, Hilbert, Spahic, Toprak, Guardado, Bender, Rolfes, Castro, Sam, Kiessling, Son.Stefan Kiessling also starts despite only netting once in the last ten matches.For the home side, Sidney Sam starts despite having agreed a move away from the club, while Emre Can is suspended.The teams are in...I want to hear your thoughts and opinions before kick-off and throughout the match. Tweet me: @PeteHall86 or email me: and I will air your views.Can the German side cause somewhat of an upset against the mega-rich Frenchmen?Bayer Leverkusen have lost their last five games in the Champions League knockout stages (5 goals for, 18 against).This is the first time that PSG have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League in two consecutive campaigns. They were knocked out in the quarter finals by Barcelona last season.Bayer Leverkusen have never progressed further than the last 16 of the Champions League since they were finalists in 2002.The Parisians are unbeaten in their last four games against German clubs (2 wins, 2 draws), in all competitions.The two Champions League encounters between Bayer and French clubs in Leverkusen have produced 10 goals. Bayer are winless in both games (1 draw, 1 defeat).This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides.In what has been a best-ever league start to a season for PSG, the home side will be really up against it.I'm Pete Hall and I will be bringing you all the action, as it happens, live!Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute commentary of Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League last-16 first-leg against Paris Saint-Germain at the BayArena.Live updates will appear here...

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