Eight past and present Seleção stars involved as PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 in Champions League
It is the Brazilians of Paris Saint-Germain who hold the upper hand over their compatriots from Chelsea after the Pac des Princes crowd celebrated a home win in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals last night.
PSG defeated English Premier League side Chelsea 3-1 with eight Brazil born players starting in addition to another coming of the bench.
Thiago Silva, Alex and Maxwell lined up in defence, whilst Brazil-born Italian resident Thiago Motta was in midfield.
Chelsea had David Luiz, Ramires, Willian and Oscar all involved from the off but none enjoyed a successful evening in Paris.
Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi put PSG ahead before a clash between two Brazilians handed the Blues an opportunity to equalise.
Silva was excellent throughout but let his concentration slip for a moment when he lunged at Oscar inside the penalty area and caught all the Chelsea midfielder and none of the ball.
Eden Hazard leveled the scores from the spot before disaster occurred for the enigmatic Luiz.
The Brazilian gave a needless foul away near his corner flag and from the resulting free kick he could only divert into his own net to put his side behind.
Lucas Moura was introduced soon after and he left a lasting impression with some characteristic dangerous dribbles before late in the game PSG added a third through Javier Pastore.
It means that PSG’s Samba stars travel to London with the advantage and after impressing national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was in attendance, whilst next week’s clash at Stamford Bridge should be an intriguing encounter.