It was Thomas Meunire who secured all three points for the visiting team with a late winner, as PSG defeated the hosting team FC Basel on Tuesday night at the St. Jakob-Park.
With this win PSG has secured the knock-out stage, but the win did not come as easy as the visitor might have hoped for. Namely, the hosts were the first one to come close of scoring a goal as Matias Delgado picked up a cross inside the box in the 15th minute and unleashed a low shot into the middle of the goal, but Alphonse Areola (PSG) was at the right spot to thwart the effort.
The visitors took a look towards the opponents goal in the 19th minute when Edinson Cavani fired a nice shot from the penalty are but his shot went well over the cross-bar.
The supporters in the stands have not seen too much of action in the opening interval, until the 43rd minute when the visitors scored their first goal of the match. After a messily cleared corner, Thomas Meunier took a shot which was deflected, but Blaise Matuidi was the first to react and slide the ball behind the keepers back, making it 1:0 for PSG!!!
The visitors, who were clearly the better team on the pitch, continued to dominate the field even in the second half, which they opened with a nice scoring chance through Lucas who picked up a rebound inside the box and aimed to the middle of the goal, but only to see a stunning save by the keeper.
Despite having the lead, PSG continued to push forward and it was just the matter of time when they would score their second goal of the match. They came very close to do so in the 58th minute when their best player Edinson Cavani wasted yet another lovely chance inside the box as his shot was blocked by one of the defenders.
Angel Di Maria was also in a situation to score a goal in the 64th minute but the hosting keeper Tomas Vaclick denied his shot from the penalty area.
And while many expected PSG to score at least one more goal and end the match, the hosts surprised everyone with a magnificent long-range shot from Luca Zuffi in the 76th minute. What a brilliant goal that was from Zuffi, who leveled the score and kept hopes for his team to avoid a home defeat.
However, the visitors had no intention of stepping back in the final 15 minutes. It was in the final minutes when the spectators could have enjoyed truly beautiful football as both teams could have scored.
Cavani scored a goal in the 81st minute but his effort was disallowed due to offside ruled by the referee assistant.
Right on the 90 minute mark Thomas Meunier latched on to an picture-perfect volley from just outside the box which found the top right corner of the goal and putting the Parisians upfront once again.
From that point, it was just not enough time for the hosts to make something happen and maybe once again level the score. The match came to an end after the final whistle blow, but it is safe to conclude that this match was one of the more thrilling encounters on the night, with plenty of scoring chances and brilliant attacks. Surely, the spectators were satisfied with the performances of both teams, despite the fact that the visitors were superior and created much more scoring chances.
With this win PSG has secured a spot among the final 16 teams that will see the knock-out stage, while Basel will continue their fight for the third spot and hope to continue their campaign in the Europe league.
The standings after 4 rounds in group A:
- Arsenal – 10 points
- PSG – 10 points
- Basel – 1 point
- Ludogorets – 1 point