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miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2016

Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Basle: Angel di Maria, Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani keep the Parisians on par with Arsenal at the top


  • Argentine Angel di Maria opened the scoring after 40 minutes with his first goal of the season 
  • Paris Saint-Germain doubled their lead on 62 minutes after Lucas Moura's close range finish
  • Michael Lang conceded a stoppage time penalty and Edinson Cavani converted his scoring opportunity 
  • PSG remain undefeated in Group A with seven points, behind Arsenal on goal difference 
Di Maria put the hosts ahead five minutes before the break, Lucas made it 2-0 in the second half and Cavani's last-gasp penalty rounded it off to put PSG on seven points after three games, second in the group on goal difference behind Arsenal, who hammered Ludogorets 6-0.
PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot stood out for the hosts but most of his team mates failed to sparkle and things could have turned sour for Unai Emery's side had Basel been more clinical, having hit the woodwork three times. 
Argentine Angel di Maria opened the scoring for PSG after 40 minutes which was his first goal of the season
Argentine Angel di Maria opened the scoring for PSG after 40 minutes which was his first goal of the season
The former Manchester United winger latched onto Edinson Cavani's knockdown to rifle in this shot towards the top corner
The former Manchester United winger latched onto Edinson Cavani's knockdown to rifle in this shot towards the top corner
The 28-year-old winger lies on the Parc des Princes turf having fired in a fine strike for the Ligue 1 champions
The 28-year-old winger lies on the Parc des Princes turf having fired in a fine strike for the Ligue 1 champions
Lucas Moura launches into the air having doubled PSG's lead on the night with smart finish from close range
Lucas Moura launches into the air having doubled PSG's lead on the night with smart finish from close range
Edinson Cavani (left) capped the home victory with a stoppage time penalty for the Parisians against Basle
Edinson Cavani (left) capped the home victory with a stoppage time penalty for the Parisians against Basle

MATCH FACTS, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TABLE, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE

PSG (4-3-3): Areola; Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva,   Kurzawa; Matuidi (Krychowiak 82), Verratti, Rabiot; Lucas Moura (Ben Arfa 80), Cavani, di Maria (Jese 85)
Subs not used: Trapp, Meunier, Maxwell, Augustin
Booked: Rabiot 
Scorer: di Maria 40, Moura 62, Cavani (pen) 90+2
Basle (4-4-1-1): Vaclik, Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Traore, Bjarnason, Xhaka, Delgado (Zuffi 69), Die (janko 77), Steffen, Doumbia (Sporar 60)
Subs not used: Vailati, Gaber, Hoegh, Calla
Booked: Steffen, Lang
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
CLICK HERE - to view our brilliant match zone, including stats, line-ups graphics and heatmaps. Above is how PSG took the lead through Angel di Maria.
CLICK HERE - to view our brilliant match zone, including stats, line-ups graphics and heatmaps. Above is how PSG took the lead through Angel di Maria.
The Ligue 1 champions got off to a shaky start and the visitors came close to opening the scoring in the fifth minute when Michael Lang's header struck the bar.
Basel hit the woodwork again in the 36th minute, this time through Seydou Doumbia, whose header crashed against Alphonse Areola's left-hand post.
PSG did improve, however, and five minutes before the interval, Blaise Matuidi's low cross was poked by Cavani into the path of Di Maria, who cannoned a right-footed shot into the net from close range. 
The Basle and PSG squads head out onto the Parc des Princes pitch for the Group A Champions League clash
The Basle and PSG squads head out onto the Parc des Princes pitch for the Group A Champions League clash
Cavani chases to attempt to block Basle's Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik (left) during the first half in Paris
Cavani chases to attempt to block Basle's Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik (left) during the first half in Paris
Lucas Moura sprints with possession for the home side under pressure from Basle's Taulant Xhaka (right)
Lucas Moura sprints with possession for the home side under pressure from Basle's Taulant Xhaka (right)
Ivorian defender Adama Traore manages to retrieve the ball for the away side from the control of PSG's di Maria
Ivorian defender Adama Traore manages to retrieve the ball for the away side from the control of PSG's di Maria
Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (left) stops the ball in front of Basle's Swiss coach Urs Fischer on Wednesday night
Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (left) stops the ball in front of Basle's Swiss coach Urs Fischer on Wednesday night
It was then PSG's turn to hit the woodwork as Cavani's header struck the post three minutes into the second half.
The Uruguay striker had a huge opportunity to double the advantage shortly after the hour but he was denied by Tomas Vaclik.
The Basel keeper, however, could do nothing to prevent Lucas pouncing on a poor clearance to find the back of the net in the 62nd minute.
Marek Suchy's header then struck Areola's right-hand post as the Swiss side continued to be plagued by bad luck and their misery was completed when Cavani was brought down by Lang and the 29-year-old converted the resulting penalty three minutes into stoppage time.
PSG full back Serge Aurier attempts to pick out a team-mate for the home side with Basle's Traore watching on
PSG full back Serge Aurier attempts to pick out a team-mate for the home side with Basle's Traore watching on
Uruguayan attacker Cavani is hustled by Basle's midfielder Renato Steffen at the Parc des Princes in Paris
Uruguayan attacker Cavani is hustled by Basle's midfielder Renato Steffen at the Parc des Princes in Paris
Basle's defender Michael Lang (right) jumps to head the ball with PSG's French defender Layvin Kurzawa
Basle's defender Michael Lang (right) jumps to head the ball with PSG's French defender Layvin Kurzawa
The PSG fans appeared in good voice at their Parc des Princes stadium as they hosted Basle in the Champions League
The PSG fans appeared in good voice at their Parc des Princes stadium as they hosted Basle in the Champions League
Seydou Doumbia (centre) escapes from PSG's Thiago Silva (right) during another attack for the Swiss club
Seydou Doumbia (centre) escapes from PSG's Thiago Silva (right) during another attack for the Swiss club
Having guided in a ferocious shot to open the scoring di Maria blows a kiss towards the home fans in Paris
Having guided in a ferocious shot to open the scoring di Maria blows a kiss towards the home fans in Paris
Cavani and the rest of the PSG squad congratulate di Maria following his well struck opener in Paris against Basle
Cavani and the rest of the PSG squad congratulate di Maria following his well struck opener in Paris against Basle
PSG manager coach Unai Emery reacts during the Champions League encounter with Basle on Wednesday evening
PSG manager coach Unai Emery reacts during the Champions League encounter with Basle on Wednesday evening
Former Newcastle and Hull midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was introduced to the action late in the second half
Former Newcastle and Hull midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was introduced to the action late in the second half
PSG were awarded a penalty in the dying moments and Cavani stepped up to score with this shot in Paris
PSG were awarded a penalty in the dying moments and Cavani stepped up to score with this shot in Paris
The 29-year-old roars in celebration having scored PSG's third goal of the night to keep the Parisians undefeated in Group A
The 29-year-old roars in celebration having scored PSG's third goal of the night to keep the Parisians undefeated in Group A

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