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UEFA Champions League Group A wrap: PSG, Porto cruise

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 21 Nov 2012


Paris Saint-Germain booked their passage through to the last 16 of the Champions League after a routine 2-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev.

Ezequiel Lavezzi, who had not previously scored for PSG, grabbed both of the goals for Carlo Ancelotti’s men in the Group A clash in the Ukraine.

The first arrived on the stroke of half-time and was largely due to an excellent pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though the ex-Napoli star’s finish was also of the highest order.

After the break, he put the game out of reach for the hosts with a tap-in following a horrendous defensive lapse.

Neither side was able to assert themselves early on but Ibrahimovic helped carve Dynamo Kiev apart just before the break.

A counter-attack orchestrated by Ibrahimovic, who provided a superb through ball to Lavezzi to finish expertly.

Oleg Blokhin’s side started the second half with purpose.

Lukman Haruna had a well-struck shot from range, but it proved a routine hold for Salvatore Sirigu, and at the other end the hosts were about to be punished for a huge error.

Yevhen Khacheridi was hopelessly short with a back pass under only moderate pressure, and Blaise Matuidi leapt on the error to square for Lavezzi, who was left with a simple finish.

Although the fight was not out of the hosts, Sirigu was in such form that they would not fight their way back into contention.

The Italy international made a marvellous save from a Dudu shot that seemed destined to loop over him and into the net, while he was also alert enough to stop any other threatening moments.

PSG have set up a Group A decider in a fortnight against Porto at the Parc des Princes, in which three points will be enough to secure top spot.

Porto enjoyed almost total domination over Dinamo Zagreb at the Estadio do Dragao, running out as 3-0 winners after a convincing performance.

Despite some nervous moments for the home side, goals from Lucho Gonzalez, Joao Moutinho and Silvestre Varela wrapped up the victory for the Portuguese giants, who had already secured qualification from their group before kick-off.


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