PSG move ahead of Arsenal

November 24, 2016
PSG's Thiago Motta (left) battles for the ball with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during the Champions League Group A match at the Emirates stadium in London yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

With Paris Saint-Germain being held to 2-2 by Arsenal, Edinson Cavani broke free and had only goalkeeper David Ospina to beat and score his second of the night.

The PSG forward was far too nonchalant, shooting too early with a wayward long-range chip that was drifting off target before being easily gathered by Ospina.

After one glaring miss, Cavani still had time to make amends but flicked a header wide and the Champions League game finished 2-2 on Wednesday.

PSG seized control of Group A by moving ahead of Arsenal due to their superior head-to-head record after drawing 1-1 in Paris, but the lack of urgency illustrated by Cavani could prove costly in the round of 16.

The Qatari-owned club is chasing its first European title, and coach Unai Emery was satisfied for now.

"This was a test and they met my expectations with the performance," Emery said.

Top spot secures a game in the round of 16 against a group runners-up but whether that is an advantage will become clearer only after the knockout-phase draw. German champions Bayern Munich and Manchester City will finish in second place and holders Real Madrid are also currently a runners-up.

"You cannot really guess if it's good or bad (being second)," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Group A is completely lopsided, with PSG and Arsenal locked on 11 points and assured of progressing.

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