Courtois scores winner as Chelsea beat PSG


Watch Man of the Match, Victor Moses leave the field

Thibaut Courtois was the hero in Charlotte, scoring the winning penalty and saving two of PSG’s in the shoot-out following an exciting 1-1 draw in normal time.
The goalkeeper kept out spot-kicks from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Thiago Silva before blasting the 14th and final penalty into the top corner, handing us the victory against the French champions.
In normal time it was Victor Moses who cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener. The Swede fired home a rebound midway through a first half mostly dominated by the Parisians; indeed we had the impressive Asmir Begovic to thank for keeping their lead at one.
Chelsea were much improved after the break and deservedly levelled when Cesc Fabregas expertly picked out a fine Moses run, who subsequent close-range volley was crisp and clinical. Falcao then came on for his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt and impressed. He was also one of six Chelsea players to score their penalty having stepped up first.
The starting line-up included the back four that began so many games together last season, and behind them, as Jose Mourinho had promised, was Begovic. As in New Jersey, Victor Moses began out wide, while there were first starts of the summer for Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
PSG’s team had plenty of familiar faces, none more so than David Luiz. Ibrahimovic captained.
It was our talisman in attack, Diego Costa, who sparked the first incident of note, fouling Aurier and then receiving a hefty shove in the chest from the irate Ivorian. Our very modern rivalry with the Parisians suggested this wasn’t going to be the friendliest of friendlies.
Then came a crude challenge on Fabregas from Matuidi. After PSG didn’t fully clear their lines from the resulting set-piece, Moses brilliantly burst into the box and …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper