Benfica came from behind to edge Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1 in Russia in the early kick-off of the Champions League tie on Wednesday and march on to the Champions League quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate in a game that was seemingly heading for extra-time when Hulk's header leveled the scores at 1-1 on aggregate while the French champions PSG sends Chelsea out of the competition right in front of their fans for the second consecutive season.
The home side should have gone ahead but didn’t take their chances as Benfica who took a 1-0 lead from the first leg into the second in Russia completed a late turnaround, starting in the 85th minute when Raul Jimenez tried an improbable half-volley on the spin that goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin could only parry onto the woodwork and captain Nicolas Gaitan headed in the rebound.
Substitute Talisca wrapped up the victory with the last kick of the game as the Portuguese league leaders progressed to the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 2012, when they also eliminated Zenit at this stage.
A repeat of last year fixture as PSG takes over Stamford Bridge yet again with a well-deserved victory, The French champions advanced through to the last eight after securing a 2-1 victory over Chelsea winning 4-2 on aggregate.
In this fixture last year the Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off after 31 minutes of normal time, a match that ended in an-extra time thriller with a former Chelsea player David Luiz providing a heart break comeback.
Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink claimed his team were “too respectful” in the opening part of the game and having lost 2-1 in Paris three weeks ago, tonight the goal came just 16 minutes into the match and it was no other person providing the assist other than Ibrahimovic laying on PSG’s opening goal for Adrien Rabiot.
Diego Costa leveled the score line in the first half before being taken off injured in the second half but midway through the second half Di María showed his penetrative qualities with some brilliantly effective wide play. Thiago Motta’s pass was perfectly delivered in the buildup and the Madrid forward had peeled away on the left. Ibrahimovic was anticipating the cross and he was delivered just what he wanted and where he wanted it, The Swedish forward volleyed a 67th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory on the night.