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Champions League round-up: Arsenal held to draw by PSG as Barcelona eliminate Celtic


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Champions League round-up: Arsenal held to draw by PSG as Barcelona eliminate Celtic

Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain drew 2-2 at the Emirates on Wednesday in their penultimate Group A encounter of the Champions League.

Own goals from PSG’s Marco Verratti and then Gunner Alex Iwobi gave the game a comical ending, but left both sides, that are already-qualified for the last 16, still in the hunt to win the group.

The pair are both on 11 points while Ludogorets Razgrad and Basel are on two points each after a goalless draw on the night.

Besiktas came from three goals down at half time to draw 3-3 with Portuguese champions Benfica in a thrilling encounter in Istanbul.

The draw left Benfica with eight points from five games in Group B and Besiktas on seven. Napoli are also on eight points following a goalless stalemate with eliminated Dynamo Kyev meaning the group winners and runners-up will be decided on the final day’s action in a fortnight.

Lionel Messi returned from illness to score a double and fire Barcelona past Celtic 2-0 and into the last 16 as Group C winners. The result guaranteed Scottish champions Celtic exited all European competition.

Messi’s brace took his career Champions League tally to 92 goals including nine in this season.

Manchester City meanwhile booked their spot in the knockout phase with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach. 

Bayern Munich’s hopes of finishing top of Group D vanished on Wednesday when they were stunned 3-2 at Russian side Rostov, who celebrated their first ever win in the competition to boost their chances of making the Europa league.

Although already qualified for the last 16, Bayern needed a win to keep alive their chances of overtaking Atletico Madrid, but later in the day the Spaniards beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 to guarantee their place in the next stage as Group winners.

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