Chelsea withstood waves of Paris St-Germain attacks to claim a draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie Tuesday night.
Branislav Ivanovic headed Jose Mourinho’s team in front after Gary Cahill’s flick from John Terry’s cross. But PSG dominated the second half and scored a deserved equaliser when Edinson Cavani headed in.
Cavani came close to scoring a winner but prodded his effort wide after swapping passes with Blaise Matuidi. Chelsea progressed at PSG’s expense in last season’s quarter-finals when they won on away goals after it finished 3-3 on aggregate.
They lost the first leg 3-1 in Paris last season but withstood long periods of pressure to ensure they return to Stamford Bridge on 11 March with a slight advantage thanks to the away goal.
David Luiz moved from Chelsea to PSG in the summer and performed well against his former club in midfield.
Luiz was occasionally used in that position by Mourinho during his time at Stamford Bridge but had not previously played there for PSG.
With Luiz holding, Matuidi was free to stride forward and Thibaut Courtois, returning in place of Petr Cech, was forced into making saves in quick succession from the French midfielder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.