Champions League: Draws as last 16 gets underway

PSG salvaged a 1-1 draw against Chelsea while Bayern were held to a goalless draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Uefa Champions League trophy. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - Paris St Germain sustained their hopes of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals when Edinson Cavani's powerful second-half header salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday.

Cavani struck early in the second half to cancel out Branislav Ivanovic's first-half header, which was scored against the run of play after the French champions had dominated from the start at the Parc des Princes.

Chelsea, who won last year's quarterfinal with PSG on away goals, scored with their only chance while the hosts had several opportunities to take a lead into the second leg through Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but failed to take them.

The return will be played at Stamford Bridge on March 11.

SHAKTAR HOLD BAYERN

Bayern Munich's attacking ambitions were curtailed by an organised Shakhtar Donetsk who held them to a goalless draw in their last-16 first leg with Xabi Alonso sent off for the Germans in the second half.

Alonso, who was making his 100th Champions League appearance, was dismissed with 25 minutes remaining following a second booking from Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

Bayern, who trounced Hamburg 8-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, were stifled by a Shakhtar side, playing their first competitive game in two months.

Shakhtar's solid rearguard display maintained their chances of reaching the Champions league quarterfinals for the second time while Guardiola's Bayern will need to adopt a less cautious approach in the return leg in Munich on March 11.

WEDNESDAY'S FIXTURES

Swiss side FC Basel will take on FC Porto and Schalke will play Real Madrid.