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Basel’s future in the Champions League looks in doubt after they lost 3-0 to group favourites Paris Saint Germain, with the South American trio of Di Maria, Lucas Moura and Cavani providing the goals at the Parc des Princes.
PSG XI: Areola; Aurier; Silva; Marquinhos; Kurzawa; Matuidi; Verratti; Rabiot; Di Maria; Lucas; Cavani.
Basel XI: Vaclik; Balanta; Suchy; Traore; Lang; Delgado; Xhaka; Die; Doumbia; Steffen; Bjarnason.
Going into the game, Omar Gaber’s Basel had failed to win from their opening two games against Ludogorets and Arsenal, picking up one point in the process. Meanwhile, PSG were top of the group on goal difference with Arsenal on four points.
While PSG were heavy favourites for this game, it was Basel who got all the early chances, as Lang saw his header hit the crossbar five minutes in.
Soon later, Steffen and Doumbia were both perplexed as to how they didn’t score, although Areola did well to keep the former’s effort out.
Later in the first half, Ivory Coast international Doumbia hit the post again, as PSG seemed to be on the ropes.
However, a few minutes later, the deadlock was broken by Angel di Maria latching onto Matuidi’s deflected cross to make it 1-0 at the interval.
PSG picked up where they left off in the second half as they capitalised on a poor defensive clearance, which gifted Lucas Moura a goal.
The belief seemed to go for Basel at that point, and late in added on time Edinson Cavani was fouled in the area, and he took the penalty to make it 3-0 on the night.
The result means that Basel lie six points adrift of the qualification places with three games to go, and will probably need a win away at Ludogorets just to get into the Europa League via finishing in third place.
PSG are now second in the group, behind Arsenal on goal difference after the Gunners won 6-0 against Ludogorets.
The next game for both sides is the return fixture of this in Switzerland, in which Basel will need to put on a big performance to salvage something from the group.