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Football: Pastore strike puts PSG in control against Chelsea

Published on Apr 3, 2014 5:18 AM
Paris St Germain's Javier Pastore (centre) celebrates with team mates after scoring the third goal for the team during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Chelsea at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on April 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) – A solo strike from Javier Pastore right at the death clinched a 3-1 victory for Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

An early Ezequiel Lavezzi strike and a David Luiz own goal either side of an Eden Hazard penalty for Chelsea had looked set to give PSG just a narrow advantage ahead of next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge, but Pastore’s effort leaves the French champions firmly in control of the tie.

It will also boost their confidence after the blow of seeing 40-goal top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic hobble off injured in the second half, making him a possible doubt for the second leg.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc said that it may take some time to heal.

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