LONDON: Paris Saint-Germain repeated the Champions League medicine for Chelsea when they returned to Stamford Bridge, as they had last season, to secure their place in the quarter-finals.
PSG repeated the 2-1 win they had achieved at home in the Parc des Princes last month to progress 4-2 on aggregate. Earlier Benfica had led the way into the quarter-finals after seeing off Zenit in St Petersburg.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic crossed for Adrien Rabiot to slot home the first goal after only 16 minutes. Chelsea regrouped with some spirit and pulled level with a smart finish by Diego Costa.
However PSG controlled all the second half with Chelsea chasing shadows. Their best player, Willian, and the again-disappointing Eden Hazard had shots saved before Ibrahimovic side-footed in a cross from Angel Di Maria in the 67th minute.
Ibrahimovic said later: “We did a good game. We wanted to control the game and they let us except when we made mistakes. We’re happy – but still not satisfied.”
Benfica joined them in the quarter-finals after winning 2-1 away to Zenit St Petersburg and thus 3-1 on aggregate.
Zenit’s Brazilian forward Hulk levelled the overall score in the 69th minute in what was his 50th Champions League appearance. However Benfica struck back through Nicolas Gaitan after keeper Yuri Lodygin had pushed a shot onto the bar. Talisca sealed a 2-1 win on the night with a late drive.
Benfica thus reached the quarter-finals for the first time in four years, having scored in all eight of their games in the competition this season.
Zenit, managed by former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, had been looking to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.