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Elneny features as Arsenal draw with PSG in Champions League opener
A goal from Alexis Sanchez have earned Arsenal an away point from their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
The game saw Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny come on as a late substitute, only five minutes to full time, replacing Mesut Özil.
Edinson Cavani gave PSG an early lead, which put them 1-0 up only 44 seconds after kick-off. Cavani headed the ball from close range to the bottom left corner following a cross by Serge Aurier.
The hosts kept dominating the match in the first 35 minutes, but Arsenal started getting back into the game in the final ten minutes of the first half, yet failed to create real scoring chances to level the score.
The second half started with high intensity and pressure from the Gunners, as they were seeking to improve their poor display in the first half and score an equaliser. The PSG defense however managed to block a number of attempts by Arsenal’s forwards.
In the 78th minute, Sanchez made it 1-1. A shot from Iwobi was saved by Areola but the rebound fell to Sanchez, who sent a right-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Elneny came on as a late substitute in the 85th minute to replace Mesut Özil, as Arsenal were looking to maintain the defensive display and secure the draw.
In the third minute of added time, Marco Verratti and Olivier Giroud were sent off after they both received a second yellow card. Both teams continued the remaining two minutes with 10 men, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.