Paris St-Germain 1-1 Arsenal

13 Sep

Alexis Sanchez


Arsenal produced a lot of slick passing but looked shaky at the back as PSG broke through time and again

Alexis Sanchez salvaged a point for Arsenal from their limp Champions League opener at Paris St-Germain.

Edinson Cavani glanced PSG ahead after 42 seconds and should have had a hat-trick before half-time, firing wide after rounding David Ospina before slipping to fluff a simple finish.

Sanchez rifled in Arsenal’s first shot on target with 13 minutes left.

Alex Iwobi might have had a late winner before Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and PSG’s Marco Verratti were sent off.

Substitute Giroud was brought on to enliven a tame attacking display and picked up two yellow cards in his 27 minutes, the second for an altercation in which Italian midfielder Verratti also picked up a second yellow.

The Gunners were often exposed by the pace of Cavani, Angel di Maria and Serge Aurier and relied on their Colombian goalkeeper Ospina – preferred to Petr Cech – to keep them in it.

Iwobi’s low shot was tipped away by Alphonse Areola after Sanchez’s equaliser, while PSG would have had a 94th-minute winner had defender Marquinhos not wastefully headed wide from close range.

In the other match in Group A, Swiss side Basel were held to a 1-1 at home to Ludogorets of Bulgaria.

More to follow.

Relive PSG v Arsenal

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Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Arsenal 1.

Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Arsenal 1.

Attempt missed. Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

Second yellow card to Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Second yellow card to Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain).

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Shkodran Mustafi.

Foul by Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Substitution, Arsenal. Mohamed Elneny replaces Mesut Özil.

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Thomas Meunier replaces Serge Aurier because of an injury.

Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

Attempt saved. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Javier Pastore replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Ospina (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 1, Arsenal 1. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Thiago Motta replaces Adrien Rabiot.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Serge Aurier tries a through ball, but Ángel Di María is caught offside.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by David Ospina.

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Substitution, Arsenal. Granit Xhaka replaces Francis Coquelin.

Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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