PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore decisive, while Real Madrid crushed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-finals.
It was the perfect start for Paris Saint-Germain, as after three minutes former Napoli striker Lavezzi beat Petr Cech with a splendid chest and half-volley.
However, ex-Milan defender Thiago Silva mistimed his tackle on Oscar for a penalty, which Eden Hazard converted by sending Italy’s Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way.
Chelsea had a period of pressure after that equaliser, as Hazard’s angled drive thumped the base of the far post.
Lavezzi’s header skimmed the bar before Pocho’s free kick was whipped into the box and David Luiz accidentally prodded it into his own net from a yard.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic went off with a suspected hamstring injury, closely followed by Italy international Marco Verratti, so it remains to be seen if they will be fit for the second leg.
Ex-Napoli striker Edinson Cavani curled off target with Italy midfielder Thiago Motta’s glancing header wide.
Deep into stoppages, former Palermo man Pastore got a potentially decisive third goal for the Parisians. He dribbled past Cesar Azpilicueta and Frank Lampard to then fire in at the near bottom corner past a shocked Cech.
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Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid are the hot favourites to win this edition of the Champions League and made short work of Borussia Dortmund, who were missing many of their top stars.
Within three minutes Gareth Bale had broken through from six yards after good build-up play from Karim Benzema and Isco.
BVB failed to clear effectively and Xabi Alonso rolled in for Isco’s low strike from 20 yards for Real’s second.
Bale’s header and a Cristiano Ronaldo chance were parried, but the Portuguese star equalled the record set by Jose Altafini and Leo Messi of 14 goals in a single European Cup campaign, shrugging off the ‘keeper.