Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League as Paris Saint-Germain progressed into the quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa gave the Blues hope after cancelling out Adrien Rabiot’s opener in west London before limping out of the last 16 tie.
However, Ibrahimovic struck a killer second to put the game beyond Chelsea’s reach and made it 4-2 on aggregate.
Costa was joined in the treatment room by Eden Hazard on what looks to be a costly night for the Premier League side in west London.
Chelsea will now have to pick themselves up for a crack at Everton in the FA Cup as they go for their last real chance at winning silverware this weekend.
Here’s five things we learned from a disappointing night for the Blues.
Hiddink’s trust in Kenedy
Kenedy has made a real impression on Guus Hiddink after struggling to break into Jose Mourinho’s plans.
The interim manager’s decision to field the 20-year-old ahead of the more experienced Baba Rahman was a bold call.
This is a young man who had played 17 minutes of Champions League football before tonight and is not a natural defender like the Ghanaian.
His application in training has been rewarded by Hiddink though and it is commendable for a coach to be picking players based on that criteria rather than reputation.
Baba came with a sizeable one, not to mention a hefty fee, but he’ll be wondering if he’s made the same mistake Felipe Luis did 12 months earlier.
Kenedy, stepping into the limelight, made an early error as he allowed Ibrahimovic in down the left and his cross was met by Rabiot for the opening goal.
Matic on the way out as Mikel cements place
Nemanja Matic has been one of Chelsea’s poorest performers this season and was forced to watch from the substitutes bench against PSG.
It is disappointing to see the towering midfielder’s decline after what was such a promising campaign last term as the Blues romped to the Premier League title.
There is no doubt that John Obi Mikel, who got the nod in the centre of the park yet again, has come in and impressed since Hiddink took over from Mourinho.
Matic’s future is looking increasingly bleak at Stamford Bridge, however any new manager recruited by Roman Abramovich could bring about a change in his fortunes.
That could easily go for Mikel too.
Don’t make Costa angry
PSG stoked the fire before this tie by taunting Diego Costa on their official Twitter account - big mistake.
The French giants posted a montage of masked villains on the social media platform, including one of Costa, asking people to spot the fraud in the line up.
Costa, under Hiddink at least, is no fraud. Costa, unmasked after just eight minutes as he tossed the protective garment away, is the real deal.
The Spain international hauled Chelsea level on the night and has now been involved in 17 goals in 15 appearances since Hiddink took charge.
It’s a remarkable turnaround and the way he passionately celebrating his strike suggests nobody is more committed to the cause.
His withdrawal, due to injury on the hour, was a significant blow.
Dare to Zlatan
Ibrahimovic always talks a good game but he is often criticised for not making his mark on the big stage.
Well, unfortunately for Chelsea fans, he made a big impact on this fixture as he laid on the first goal for Rabiot and added a killer second to finish the tie.
It’s incredible to think that the tall Swede is going to be a free agent in a matter of months.
At the age of 34, his best years seem to be behind him - but just try telling Zlatan that.
He cheekily claimed in the pre-match press conference that he was just getting warmed up and on this evidence it is hard to argue with him.
Last Champions League action for a while?
John Terry was devastated to miss out at Stamford Bridge because he knows this is likely to be his last season at Chelsea.
He will leave with a Champions League winners medal, although he didn’t play in the final, but he so dearly wanted to bow out by adding another to his collection.
He sat behind the dugout in west London and watched on helplessly as his European dream died under the floodlights against PSG.
Even if the Blues hierarchy does relent and grant him another year, it is unlikely he will be playing Champions League football.
After such a poor start to the season it would seem a top-four finish is beyond Chelsea’s reach and winning the competition was their only route back into it for next term.