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