Basel - Thomas Meunier volleyed a spectacular last-minute goal to give Paris
St Germain a 2-1 win at FC Basel, which took them into the last 16 of
the Champions League on Tuesday.
PSG had taken the lead with a Blaise Matuidi goal two minutes before
halftime but Basel rattled the Ligue 1 champions when Luca Zuffi
equalised out of the blue in the 76th minute.
In a dramatic finale the Swiss champions had midfielder Serey Die sent
off for a second yellow card following a foul on Marco Verratti and
could have snatched a win seconds before Meunier's strike.
PSG, quarter-finalists last season, have 10 points from four games in
Group A alongside Arsenal, who also qualified. Basel have one point and
were eliminated alongside Ludogorets.
PSG dominated the first half and went ahead when Meunier drove a fierce
shot at goal which Matuidi flicked into the net from close range.
The visitors had enough chances to settle the game, but instead Zuffi
collected a throw in around 30 metres out and launched a looping effort
towards goal which flew over a startled Alphonse Areola and into the
Basel went agonisingly close to scoring a second when a free kick flew
across the PSG goal and found Marc Janko unmarked at the far post, but
he failed to make proper contact.
Seconds later, a PSG cross found Meunier who, having missed two easier
chances, met the ball with a thumping volley which swerved past Tomas
Vaclik and into the top corner.