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UEFA Champions League: Victory over Porto eases pressure on PSG coach

AFP, PARIS

Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, challenges FC Porto’s Danilo during their Champions League match in Paris on Tuesday.

Photo: Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain earned under- fire coach Carlo Ancelotti a stay of execution on Tuesday as they put their recent run of poor form behind them to beat FC Porto 2-1 in the Champions League.

The big-spending French side were more than helped by a goalkeeping blunder by Porto’s Helton as they moved into the the knockout phase as winners of of Group A.

PSG have slipped to fourth in the league table after a dismal domestic run that has left Ancelotti in danger of losing his job, but finally got the stroke of luck the Italian was looking for with a 61st minute winner that Porto goalkeeper Helton will have nightmares about.

Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, signed from Napoli this season, found a yard of space inside the box, but his shot was tame and soft yet somehow slipped under the Brazilian’s body much to the delight of the fanatic Parc des Princes faithful. Porto launched a late comeback and had a gilt-edged chance on 69 minutes when Colombian marksman Jackson Martinez almost scored his second of the match when he broke behind the defense only for PSG’s Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to bravely dive at his feet and preserve the home advantage.

That was as close as Porto got as the capital side locked up their back line and smothered the midfield and Porto, the 2004 champions, ran out of imagination towards the end.

“This result will give us a lot of confidence and we’ve finished top of the group so we’re very happy and we’re going to enjoy this victory,” PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi said.

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