Sanchez rescues Arsenal

September 14, 2016
PSG's Marquinhos (right) challenges for the ball with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal during the Champions League Group A match in Paris yesterday. The match ended 1-1.

PARIS (AP):

Arsenal recovered from a nightmare start to salvage a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain after Alexis Sanchez scored a late equaliser in their Champions League opener yesterday.

The Chile forward converted a rare chance for the unimpressive visitors with 12 minutes left in the Group A match, after Edinson Cavani had scored PSG's opener with just 44 seconds on the clock.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's unexpected decision to give a starting nod to David Ospina in goal at the expense of Petr Cech also paid off, with the Colombian keeper making a string of decisive saves to keep his team afloat.

Sanchez scored from a rebound against the run of the play after PSG keeper Alphonse Areola parried Alex Iwobi's powerful shot, sparing the Gunners a third consecutive loss in their opening game in the competition.

"We were in trouble in the first half, they pressed well, were fast on the counterattack, were determined and played aggressively," Wenger said. "When you start so badly against a team with such qualities, if you have no experience you can be caught. But we did not panic, we showed resilience, and it's linked to experience. Overall it's a good point."

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