Thursday, April 18, 2024

Chelsea out of Champions League


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LONDON (AP) – Thiago Silva scored on a looping header over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 114th minute Wednesday night, lifting Paris Saint-Germain over Chelsea and into the Champions League football quarter-finals.

Silva’s goal tied the ill-tempered match 2-2 and knotted the aggregate score of the home-and-home series at 3-3. PSG advanced because of their 2-1 margin in away goals.

PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ejected in the 31st minute for a challenge on Oscar, and Gary Cahill put the hosts ahead in the 81st.

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz scored on a header in the 86th to force extra time, but the Blues went ahead when Eden Hazard converted a penalty kick in the 96th following a hand ball by Silva.

Silva then got the key goal with his header from about 13 yards off Thiago Motta’s corner kick, lofting the ball over an outstretched arm of the 6-foot-7 Courtois.

Bayern Munich advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth straight year, routing visiting Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 following a 0-0 tie in the first leg.

Shakhtar’s Olexandr Kucher was ejected in the third minute by Scottish referee William Collum for tripping Mario Goetze, who was racing toward goal, the earliest red card in Champions League history.

Thomas Mueller converted the penalty kick in the fourth minute, and Jerome Boateng doubled the lead in the 34th. Goals by Franck Ribery in the 49th and Mueller in the 52nd made it 4-0, and Holger Badstuber (63rd), Robert Lewandowski (75th) and Goetze (87th) padded the margin.

Bayern also beat Basel 7-0 in 2012.


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