Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have taken huge steps towards the Champions League semi-finals with big wins on Wednesday.
PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 in their quarter-final first leg match at the Parc des Princes while Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in Spain.
A solo strike from Javier Pastore right at the death clinched victory for Paris Saint-Germain.
An early Ezequiel Lavezzi strike and a David Luiz own goal either side of an Eden Hazard penalty for Chelsea had looked set to give PSG just a narrow advantage ahead of next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge, but Pastore’s effort leaves the French champions firmly in control of the tie.
It will also boost their confidence after the blow of seeing 40-goal top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic hobble off injured in the second half, and PSG coach Laurent Blanc said that it may take some time to heal.
“The third goal changes things, but what I will take from this game more than anything is that our second half was excellent,” said Blanc.
“But we know the match at Stamford Bridge will be complicated, regardless of the result here.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left to rue the concession of the third goal, which he saw as sloppy.
“From a strategic point of view the team played with discipline and the most difficult things they did very well,” he said.
“But we just couldn’t take the half-chances we created and on top of that we made defensive mistakes, individual defensive mistakes.
“We paid the price, and the third goal, it was a joke. It was not a goal it was a joke.”