Wednesday, November 23, 2016

UEFA Champions League, Group A: Gunners And PSG Battle To 2-2 Draw In London; Goose Eggs For Ludogorets And Basel

Eight games were contested in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, with two of them taking place in Group A.

At London:

In a battle of the group's two Round-of-16-bound clubs, Edinson Cavani (18') and Alex Iwobi (OG-78') propelled Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-2 road deadlock with Arsenal.  Olivier Giroud (PK-45'+1) and Marco Veratti (OG-60') each scored once for the Gunners. In the above photograph, here's PSG's Thiago Motta (left) battling the Gunners' Alexis Sanchez for the ball.

Associated Press photo by Alastair Grant

At Sofia, Bulgaria:

Ludogorets Razgrad battled visiting FC Basel to a 0-0 stalemate.  That's Basel's Seydou Doumbia (right) battling Ludogorets' Cosmin Moti for the ball.

Associated Press photo by Valentina Petrova

Group A Standings:

1. x-Paris Saint-Germain (GP: 5; GD: +6; PTS: 11)
2. x-Arsenal (GP: 5; GD: +9; PTS: 11)
3. z-Ludogorets Razgrad (GP: 5; GD: -9; PTS: 2)
4. z-FC Basel (GP: 5; GD: -6; PTS: 2)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament but still alive for Europa League knockout-stage berth

NOTES:  Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain each scored three goals in the course of the two games between the clubs with PSG gaining the away goals advantage (2-1); Ludogorets Razgrad and FC Basel scored once apices during the course of the two game contested between the clubs with the Bulgarian club having the away goals advantage (1-0).

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