Ibrahimovic sees red even as PSG win
Paris St Germain conceded a late goal and had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in added time in a 2-1 win at Valencia in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Mestalla on Tuesday.sports Updated: Feb 14, 2013 01:26 IST
Paris St Germain conceded a late goal and had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in added time in a 2-1 win at Valencia in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Mestalla on Tuesday.
The Ligue 1 leaders looked to be strolling into the quarterfinals when they took the lead in the 10th minute through Ezequiel Lavezzi and his Argentina teammate Javier Pastore added a second goal two minutes before halftime.
Valencia improved after coach Ernesto Valverde made a couple of changes at the break and it was no more than they deserved when centre back Adil Rami surged into the area and volleyed home in the 90th minute.
Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red card for a wild lunge on defender Andres Guardado in the second minute of added time but even without the Sweden striker for the return leg in Paris on March 6, PSG will still be favourites to progress.
PSG's latest signing, former England captain David Beckham, watched from the stands and will return to the French capital with the squad on Wednesday for his first training session.
"It is a poor result for us but we have some hope and we will try to turn things around in Paris," Canales told Spanish television broadcaster TVE.
"We knew they would be dangerous going forward but we'll have to see if we can take some of our chances in the second leg. We'll try to go on the attack and score early to get back in the tie. We know it will be tough but we're not going to throw in the towel."