Basel 1-2 Paris Saint Germain: Meunier screamer secures last 16 spot


Paris Saint-Germain confirmed qualification for the Champions League’s last-16 after for Basle at St-Jakob Park.

A howler from Alphonse Areola looked to have given the stubborn home side an unlikely point after Blaise Matuidi’s fortuitous first half strike.

However, Thomas Meunier, who shone throughout, made sure the French champions remained joint top of Group A after Arsenal pulled off a thrilling comeback at Ludogorets.

PSG dominated the early stages but were largely frustrated as their possession failed to translate into clear cut chances.

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That was until the midway stage of the first half when Taulant Xhaka was dispossessed by Marco Verratti in the centre.

The Italian midfielder drove forward before threading an inch-perfect through ball to Edinson Cavani who, one-on-one with Tomas Vaclik, chipped harmlessly over the crossbar.

Cavani was denied again minutes later when he finished off a crisp team move, only to have the effort disallowed for offside.

Thomas Meunier then made a brilliant run down the right before crossing to towards the Uruguayan but this time he was prevented by the outstretched foot of Marek Suchy.

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The French giants finally broke the deadlock, however, and it’s fair to say their bad luck evened itself out.

Meunier was again involved as his scrappy first-time shot from a poorly cleared corner took a big deflection off the thigh of Blaise Matuidi on it’s way into the back off the net.

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Shortly after the break Cavani turned provider as the striker broke forward before teeing up Lucas Moura whose volley was well saved.

A rare corner for the visitors almost paid dividends as Layvin Kurzawa was found at the back post by the full back’s header went narrowly wide.

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