Alex Grimm

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain, 2014 UEFA Champions League: PSG win in rout

Paris Saint-Germain can play a youth team in the return leg if they want to. They demolished Bayer Leverkusen, winning 4-0 away.

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PSG firmly among Europe's elite

PSG put away any doubts about their place among Europe's elite at the Bay Arena.

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Zlatan inspires PSG to crush Bayer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a crushing victory over Bayer Leverkusen, who are all but out after losing 3-0 on their own turf.

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Zlatan buries Bayer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored twice for Paris Saint-Germain to put them up 3-0 away to Bayer Leverkusen, who are leaving the Champions League without putting up much of a fight at this rate. Even if Bayer score three or four goals to get back into this tie, it's tough to see them pulling out a result good enough to see them through at the Parc des Princes after PSG grabbed tgree away goals just 40 minutes into the first leg.

The first of Zlatan's two goals came from the penalty spot. Emir Spahic was the guilty party for Bayer, hauling down Ezequiel Lavezzi in the penalty area. Ibrahimovic characteristically converted for PSG's second goal of the evening.

Zlatan followed that up with a goal from open play just three minutes later, and it was one of his best of the season thus far.

After the first goal for PSG, we wondered if there was any way back for Bayer. The answer to that question is now an emphatic 'no'.

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Bayer already trail

When lineups came out for the first leg of the tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Blaise Matuidi, it looked like a somewhat boring match was in the works. Both teams went with fairly defensive three-man midfields and could have easily played to a very uneventful 0-0 draw.

Instead, PSG have a 1-0 lead away to Bayer after just two minutes, and the Germans are in a serious hole. The goal came from an unlikely source, defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who applied this very tasty finish.

Is there any way back for Bayer?

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Pastore and Cabaye on bench as PSG face Bayer

Javier Pastore is dropped for Paris Saint-Germain, while there is still no start for Yohan Cabaye as they travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen.

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PSG head to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen will look to make the most of home advantage against PSG on Tuesday, and capitalise on their impressive domestic form.

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