Cavani scores as PSG beats Chelsea 2-1 in Champions League

By JEROME PUGMIRE - AP Sports Writer ,

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PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal with PSG's David Luiz, left.

PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal with PSG's David Luiz, left. (Photo: AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched onto a superb pass over Chelsea's stretched defense from winger Angel di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free-kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level against the run of play on the stroke of halftime with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg.

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