UCL: Arsenal squander their chance to go top of Group A, while Man City book their place in the Round of 16.

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Arsenal were held to a draw by Paris St-Germain leaving their hopes of toping Group A out of their hands.

The Gunners knew a win would put them in pole position to top the group and ensure themselves an easier draw in the Round of 16.

Edison Cavani opened the scoring for the French champions in the 18th minute as the Parisian side cut through Arsenal’s defence.

A perfectly weighted pass across the face of goal for the Uruguayan to slide home was enough to give PSG a well deserved lead.

Arsenal were lacklustre and derived of ideas. A penalty appeal was denied for Aaron Ramsey, after he was bungled over by Thiago Silva, but it was half hearted at best.

The Gunners would pull one back on the stroke of half time after Grzegorz Krychowiak fouled Alexis Sanchez in the box, and Olivier Giroud converted the resulting penalty.

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Giroud celebrates his equaliser. (Image Credit: metro.co.uk)

Arsene Wenger’s side would take the lead on the hour mark, when a shot rebounded off Marco Verratti and flew into his own net.

Despite being down and out, PSG continued to look dangerous.

Unai Emery’s men would level the match again, this time with an own goal of their own, after Lucas’ header came off Alex Iwobi.

The result leaves Arsenal staring down the barrel of another runner up spot for the sixth season in a row, with PSG now firmly in the driving seat to top the group.

The other game in Group A finished Ludogorets 0-0 Basel.

Over in Germany, David Silva’s goal on the stroke of half time secured Manchester City’s place in the Round of 16 for a fourth consecutive season after they drew at Borussia Monchengladbach.

City fell behind when Raffael fired home from 15-yards out past Claudio Bravo.

Silva would pull one back though just before half time, with Kevin De Bruyne’s low cross finding the Spaniard at the back post.

The home side would find themselves down to 10 men when captain Lars Stindl saw red.

However, despite a much improved second half, City were unable to break down the resilient German outfit.

Fernandinho picked up a second yellow card late on for a needless tug on Raffael’s shirt to make sure each side finished with 10 men.

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Fernandinho sees red as City claim priceless point. (Image Credit: skysports.com)

The point, along with Celtic’s  2-0 defeat to Barcelona, clinches second place for Pep Guardiola’s men in Group C, with the Catalan club topping the Group.

 

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