PSG fails to se­cure top spot af­ter 2-2 draw with Lu­do­gorets

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Mis­takes cost Paris Saint-Ger­main dearly as it missed out on top spot in Group A fol­low­ing a 2-2 home draw with Lu­do­gorets in the Cham­pi­ons League yes­ter­day.

PSG needed a home win to guar­an­tee first place and faced an un­her­alded Bul­gar­ian side that had not won any of the pre­vi­ous five group games. In­stead, the draw meant PSG qual­i­fies in sec­ond - two points be­hind Arse­nal, which won 4-1 away to Swiss side Basel. Dutch for­ward Vir­gil Misid­jan scored in the 15th minute and Brazil­ian for­ward Wan­der­son made it 2-1 in the 68th, shortly af­ter Edin­son Ca­vani had lev­eled for PSG. Winger An­gel Di Maria saved face for PSG in the sec­ond minute of in­jury time with a scuffed shot, and Ca­vani was des­per­ately close to grab­bing the win­ner in the dy­ing se­conds.

That would have been harsh on Lu­do­gorets. PSG’s short­com­ings at the back are still glar­ingly ev­i­dent for a team hop­ing to be among the con­tenders to win Europe’s big­gest club tro­phy.

Fol­low­ing a mis­take by mid­fielder Thi­ago Motta, Misid­jan headed the Bul­gar­ian league lead­ers ahead and PSG’s play­ers were jeered off the field at half­time. Ca­vani grabbed the equal­izer in the 61st with an over­head kick from close range af­ter Lu­do­gorets had failed to clear Di Maria’s cross from the right. It was Ca­vani’s sixth goal of the cam­paign so far and the Uruguay striker ap­pears full of con­fi­dence.

The de­fense is not, hav­ing leaked goals in a 3-0 loss away to Mont­pel­lier in the French league last week­end.

Brazil de­fender Mar­quin­hos clum­sily lost pos­ses­sion when re­ceiv­ing a throw-in. He turned his back on play, al­low­ing Brazil­ian for­ward Jonathan Cafu to steal the ball off him and burst down the left, be­fore pulling it back to coun­try­man Wan­der­son to fin­ish with a low drive un­der the body of goal­keeper Alphonse Are­ola. PSG beat Basel 3-0 in its pre­vi­ous home game but it was far more dif­fi­cult than the re­sult sug­gested, with Basel miss­ing sev­eral chances. This time, Lu­do­gorets pun­ished PSG’s mis­takes to se­cure third place and a spot in the Europa League. — AP

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