Lucas dashes Gunners' group hopes
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Arsenal 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain
EXTRACTED FROM WAQAR HUSSAIN'S MATCH REPORT
A deflected header from Lucas Moura allowed PSG to claw back a point at the Emirates after a Marco Verratti own goal had gifted Arsenal a second half lead. Earlier on in the match, Edinson Cavani opened the scoring with a poacher's finish at the back post, before Olivier Giroud tied things up from a spot kick before the interval.
On the hour, Arsenal were eventually able to take the lead, with Marquinhos' clearance ricocheting back in off Verratti, a gift for the Gunners hand delivered by their guests. Despite how it came about, the goal was a deserved one for the hosts, as they had begun to break PSG down as the half wore on, firmly taking control of the game as Koscielny continued to do a fine job in marshalling the back line whenever the visitors broke through Meunier.
Barça can now face Bayern or Arsenal in the R16, compared to face Juventus or PSG if they finished second. Not much significance after all.— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) November 23, 2016
The Gunners should have effectively ended the contest with 15 minutes remaining, as Ramsey fell short of meeting Sanchez's cross at the back post, giving PSG the hope that all was not lost. Ospina did well to smother a brilliant cross by Meunier, but his defence failed him as Lucas escaped the attentions of Jenkinson to nod home from Ben Arfa's corner, with a deflection from Iwobi ultimately wrong footing the goalkeeper.
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Celtic 0-2 Barcelona
A marvellous brace constructed by Lionel Messi drowned out Celtic as the world's most prolific front three did what they do best in Scotland.
Lionel Messi was looking lively right off the bat, although Celtic Park wasn't just spectating as their own made for a frantic pace. It was the Argentine who did strike first halfway through the first 45, cradling Neymar's chipped delivery and knocking it past the goalkeeper.
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Barcelona looked solid once again and will be ferocious opposotion for anyone who happens to stumble across them in the knockouts.
Lionel Messi has now been involved in 750 goals in his career (662 apps)— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 23, 2016
Barcelona 471 goals, 185 assists
Argentina 57 goals, 37 assists pic.twitter.com/H9teppnr3p
Spoils shared in Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Manchester City
David Silva equalised late in the first half to hand Manchester City a point in their German away day, sending the Citizens through to the knockouts.
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Both keepers were brought in to make fine saves thereafter, first Yann Sommer thwarted Gündogan's drive, before Bravo held Wednt from close range. Agüero then joined the queue, but still City were set to go into the interval trailing.
That was until, in stoppage time, David Silva threw the plans out of the window. Raheem Sterling split the defence to find De Bruyne, who crossed it in the direction of Agüero, but it was Silva who got in front first to guide it towards the far post.
There were no more goals to follow - but there were red cards, as both teams ended with 10 men.
The @ChampionsLeague last 16 draw will take place on 12 December.— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 23, 2016
🙌 if you're in the hat! #mcfc #UCLDraw pic.twitter.com/0MqdcRNRHC
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Rostov 3-2 Bayern Munich
FC Rostov claimed their first ever UEFA Champions League victory while condemning Bayern Munich to consecutive losses for the first time in one and a half years.
Serdar Azmoun altered the half-time team talks just as they were about to be delivered though for Rostov, settling the score by outdoing Boateng and then slipping it past Neuer. Little did the Russian home fans know that things would get better 15 minutes later.
In the 67th minute, Rostov fans would explode into more euphoria when Christian Noboa's free-kick crept past Neuer and gave something for them to cling on to dear life. The curling effort bounced low towards the right of goal, and from then on in, despite bombardments from the Bavarians, Rostov braved it out and sealed a landmark win in the process - their first ever Champions League win.
Cuando Noboa tiene cerca a su mujer no le pega a los palos, sino que se manda unos golazos. #UCL 👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/jv2RC8g5E8— UN NOBLE CABALLERO (@El_Padrinator) November 23, 2016
Miracle of Istanbul part II
Beşiktaş 3-3 Benfica
Beşiktaş pulled off a stunning comeback to claw back a point after being three goals down to Benfica in Istanbul, reenacting the "Istanbul Miracle" which saw a comeback from Premier League club Liverpool 11 years prior.
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Nelsinho added to the lead with a venomous strike which clipped off the bar before it was 3 with Ljubomir Fejsa directing it home after a series of close calls.
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What a goal this was earlier from #Besiktas player Tosun! Imagine the attention if it was CR7/Messi 😳 #UCL pic.twitter.com/kApc31IvOt— Football Weekly (@Tomandthesquad) November 23, 2016
Continuous attempts to chip away at the lead were eventually rewarded when a handball from Lindelof gave a penalty opportunity for the hosts, one of which Ricardo Quaresma fired home to set up a thrilling finale.
Quaresma was the architect in the lead which settled the score with a sumptuous rabona cross which was flicked in by Aboubakar, and the comeback was complete. The group meanwhile was still in the melting pot, after the hosts refused to give in.
...y el 3º del Besiktas, Aboubakar, con rabona previa de Quaresmapic.twitter.com/tyy85zotMQ— Mesut OzzZZZzzil (@Besuguiiin) November 23, 2016
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Atlético Madrid 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
Atlético Madrid remained the only team with a 100% record in the tournament as an assist and goal from Griezmann helped them see off PSV.
Scorer then turned provider when Griezmann all but sealed the top spot in the group, netting neatly after Tiago's set-up. The final whistle meant Simeone's men had it all wrapped up, with a fifth win out of five.