Paris Saint-Germain

French champions Paris Saint-Germain blew their chances of avoiding an uncomfortable draw in the next round of the Champions League by drawing Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

PSG needed a home win in the final match of the group stages to guarantee a first place finish ahead of Arsenal who were on level points and away to Basel.

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Third-placed Ludogorets were looking to stay in Europe by confirming a place in the Europa League with either a draw or win.

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The Bulgarian side went off to a flying start, scoring in the 15th minute thanks to their Dutch forward Virgil Misidjan.

Unai Emery’s side battled hard and got their equalizer in the 60th minute through Edinson Cavani. He converted a bicycle kick from close range following a missed defensive clearance.

The Parisians controlled proceedings and looked to cause more damage before Ludogorets through Wanderson took the lead for the second time against the run of play.

Former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria saved Paris Saint-Germain’s blushes by scoring in stoppage time denying Ludogorets a famous away victory.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal secured first place by beating Basel 4-1 in Switzerland.

The Gunners needed just eight minutes to open the scoring with Kieran Gibbs squaring the ball to Lucas Perez to finish from close range after being looped in by Alexis Sanchez.

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Eight minutes later, Arsenal were two goals up with Perez getting his second of the night by being in the right place at the right time. He tapped home a rebound from just a few yards out after the goalkeeper saved Gibbs’ strike.

Two minutes into the second half, Perez completed his hat-trick after Gibbs’ pass was diverted into his path by Sanchez.

Arsenal got their fourth of the night via Alex Iwobi before Basel found a consolation goal through Seydou Doumbia.

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Arsene Wenger will now be hoping to get a favorable draw in the next round to reach the quarterfinal for the first time in six seasons.

Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, will have an uphill battle in the next round with likely opponents being either Athletico Madrid, Barcelona, Dortmund/Real Madrid, or Juventus.