PSG snatch last-gasp win

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

THOMAS ME­U­NIER volleyed a spec­tac­u­lar last-minute goal to give Paris St Ger­main a 2-1 win at FC Basel, which took them into the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League yes­ter­day.

PSG had taken the lead with a Blaise Ma­tu­idi goal two min­utes be­fore half­time but Basel rat­tled the Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons when Luca Zuffi equalised out of the blue in the 76th minute.

In a dra­matic fi­nale the Swiss cham­pi­ons had mid­fielder Serey Die sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card fol­low­ing a foul on Marco Ver­ratti and could have snatched a win sec­onds be­fore Me­u­nier’s strike.

PSG, quar­ter­fi­nal­ists last sea­son, have 10 points from four games in Group A along­side Ar­se­nal, who also qual­i­fied. Basel have one point and were elim­i­nated along­side Ludogorets.

PSG dom­i­nated the first half and went ahead when Me­u­nier drove a fierce shot at goal which Ma­tu­idi flicked into the net from close range.

The vis­i­tors had enough chances to set­tle the game, but in­stead Zuffi col­lected a throw in around 30 me­tres out and launched a loop­ing ef­fort to­wards goal which flew over a star­tled Alphonse Are­ola and into the net.

Basel went ag­o­nis­ingly close to scor­ing a sec­ond when a free­kick flew across the PSG goal and found Marc Janko un­marked at the far post, but he failed to make proper con­tact.

Sec­onds later, a PSG cross found Me­u­nier who, hav­ing missed two eas­ier chances, met the ball with a thump­ing vol­ley which swerved past To­mas Va­clik and into the top corner. – Reuters

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