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Football: PSG stroll into Champions League last eight

Published on Mar 13, 2014 5:57 AM
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) challenges Bayer Leverkusen's Andres Guardado during their Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on March 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Paris St Germain (PSG), resting their usual magic midfield triangle and despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic's under-par display, sailed into the Champions League quarter-final with a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

The French champions won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes having thrashed the German side 4-0 in the last-16 first leg, with Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi wiping out the visitors' early strike by Sidney Sam.

Sami Hyypia's Leverkusen, who finished with 10 men after Emre Can picked up a second yellow card in the 68th minute, were also hampered by Simon Rolfes's missed penalty in the first half.

PSG, who have now won their last six games in all competitions, could have gone through even more easily had Ibrahimovic not missed a couple of clear chances either side of the interval.

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