Champions League: Ángel Di María’s late goal is not enough for PSG

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Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Basel secured them top spot. Lionel Messi opened the scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, but he fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal record in the group stage of the competition. Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the opening goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Ángel Di María’s stoppage-time goal spared Paris Saint-Germain an embarrassing defeat but the 2-2 draw at home to Ludogorets was not enough to prevent Arsenal from winning Group A.

PSG needed a home win against the unheralded Bulgarian side to guarantee first place but the Dutch forward Virgil Misidjan put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute and the Brazilian Wanderson made it 2-1 in the 68th, shortly after Edinson Cavani had levelled for PSG with an overhead kick.

It was left to the former Manchester United winger Di María to save face for the French champions, but Ludogorets at least secured third place and a spot in the Europa League. Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Basel secured them top spot.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, but he fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal record in the group stage of the competition.

Messi struck his 10th group-stage goal this season, one less than the 11 netted by Ronaldo with Real Madrid last season to set the record. Arda Turan scored a hat-trick for Barcelona, who had already secured first place in Group C and were without Neymar and Ivan Rakitic because of suspensions. Coach Luis Enrique also rested striker Luis Suárez.

Manchester City were already assured of second place before their 1-1 draw at home to Celtic.

Robert Lewandowski curled in a spectacular free-kick to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over last season’s finalists Atlético Madrid, with both teams having already qualified. Bayern’s win stretched their record to 15 straight Champions League home victories and ended Atlético’s hopes of winning all six group matches. Atlético, however, still finished top of Group D.

Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica, both teams progressing to the knockout stage after Besiktas fell to an extraordinary 6-0 thrashing at Dynamo Kyiv. Substitute Dries Mertens, who had scored two goals in the 4-2 win against Benfica in Italy, changed the Group B match after coming on as a substitute. The Belgium international set up the opener for José Callejon on the hour mark before securing the win in the 79th as Napoli topped their Champions League group for the first time.

It was meant to be a battle to advance at Estadio da Luz but it turned out to be a shootout for top spot as Besiktas collapsed in Ukraine. Source

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