PSG take con­trol af­ter draw at Ar­se­nal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LONDON, Eng­land (AP): PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (PSG) moved ahead of Ar­se­nal to take con­trol of their Cham­pi­ons League group with a 2-2 draw in north London yes­ter­day.

Lu­cas Moura’s header was helped over the line by Ar­se­nal winger Alex Iwobi in the 78th minute as PSG re­trieved a point in Group A.

Edin­son Ca­vani had given the French cap­i­tal club the lead at the Emi­rates Stadium but Olivier Giroud lev­elled from the penalty spot just be­fore half time.

Ar­se­nal went in front in for­tu­itous cir­cum­stances on the hour when the ball pinged off Marco Ver­ratti and into his own net.

There was a glar­ing miss from Ca­vani be­fore Lu­cas met a cor­ner from Hatem Ben Arfa to en­sure PSG rose above Ar­se­nal on goal dif­fer­ence head­ing into the fi­nal group-stage games next month.

Top spot se­cures a game in the round of 16 against a group run­ner-up, but whether that is an ad­van­tage will only be­come clearer af­ter the knock­out phase draw.

Both Ger­man cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich and Manchester City will fin­ish in sec­ond place, and holder Real Madrid are also cur­rently a run­ner-up.

Bay­ern Mu­nich had to set­tle for sec­ond best af­ter los­ing to tenacious Rus­sian club FC Ros­tov 3-2 in their con­test.

Bay­ern had al­ready qual­i­fied but will now fin­ish sec­ond in Group D thanks to Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Eind­hoven. Ros­tov was al­ready elim­i­nated, but can reach the Europa League.

Two months af­ter beat­ing Ros­tov 5-0, Bay­ern strug­gled to deal with Ros­tov’s rapid coun­ter­at­tacks as well as a never-say-die spirit which brought it back from 1-0 down to claim ar­guably the most fa­mous win in the club’s history.

Bay­ern’s Dou­glas Costa scored the open­ing goal in the first half, blast­ing the ball into the roof of the net af­ter Ros­tov de­fender Ce­sar Navas failed to clear prop­erly.

Ros­tov striker Sar­dar Az­moun showed the skill which has seen him linked to top clubs around Europe to draw level eight min­utes later, just be­fore half time. Az­moun charged into the Bay­ern box and sent Jerome Boateng sprawl­ing with a smart feint be­fore hit­ting the ball low past Bay­ern goal­keeper Sven Ul­re­ich, start­ing in place of the rested Manuel Neuer.

PENALTY SCORED

Ros­tov took the lead af­ter the break when Boateng brought down Chris­tian Noboa in the box and Dmitry Poloz stepped up to hit the penalty low and hard past Ul­re­ich.

Five min­utes later, Bay­ern pulled level again when Juan Ber­nat scored with a fierce shot from a nar­row an­gle.

Noboa hit the win­ner in the 67th, curl­ing a 20m free kick over the Bay­ern wall and into the bot­tom-right cor­ner.

Bay­ern laid siege to Ros­tov’s goal late on, but the Rus­sians clung on for the win, block­ing shots and pack­ing the box un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

Manchester City drew 1-1 away to Bayer Monchenglad­bach, Be­sik­tas came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Ben­fica, Barcelona tagged Celtic 2-0 on the road, while the Lu­do­gorets vs Basel and Napoli vs Dy­namo Kiev games both ended 0-0.

PSG’s Lu­cas (right) bat­tles for the ball with Ar­se­nal’s Kieran Gibbs dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League group A match at the Emi­rates stadium in London, yes­ter­day. The game ended 2-2.

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