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UEFA Champions League: Lavezzi’s double downs Dynamo as PSG progess

Reuters, KIEV

Paris Saint-Germain ’keeper Salvatore Sirigu dives to make a save against Dynamo Kiev in their UEFA Champions League Group A match in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday.

Photo: AFP

Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi scored his first goals for Paris Saint-Germain as his brace secured the French side a place in the round-of-16 of the UEFA Champions League after a 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Lavezzi, who joined from SSC Napoli in July, scored either side of halftime to send PSG through and ensure Dynamo cannot now qualify from Group A with one round of matches remaining.

He put PSG ahead just before the break when he finished Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s through ball with a deft chip. Yevhen Khacheridi’s underhit back-pass early in the second half was snapped up by Blaise Matuidi, who squared to Lavezzi for a simple second.

Second-placed PSG, on 12 points, meet group leaders Porto in the final game, needing a victory to win the group.

“Our tactics malfunctioned in the first half, but we managed to catch up in the second,” PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti told a press conference.

The hosts had their chances, Salvatore Sirigu saving well from Oleg Gusev’s header, before Denys Germash failed to tap in the rebound. Miguel Veloso threatened with a trademark free-kick that flew just wide and then Brazilian Dudu, surprisingly featuring in the starting 11, hit a curling shot that also went narrowly wide.

PSG withstood the pressure and went ahead with a delightful goal from Lavezzi, who exchanged passes with Ibrahimovic before chipping Maxym Koval.

Dudu forced Sirigu into another good save, before PSG doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Lavezzi slotted into an unguarded net following Khacheridi’s blunder.

Kiev, with four points, will take their place in the Europa League.

“Do I have to walk on to the pitch and play against them? It is very hard to win without converting your chances into goals,” Dynamo coach Oleg Blokhin told the 2+2 TV Channel. “Paris Saint-Germain, for instance, had three shots on target and scored two unnecessary goals, especially the last one. Anyway, we played with dignity and did not allow Paris Saint-Germain to do what they wanted.”

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