14 September 2016
Weeks after he suffered an injury, Nigeria forward, Alex Iwobi returned to action for Arsenal on Tuesday night in the first group stage match of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League against Paris Saint Germain.
Iwobi provided the assist for the goal that saw Arsenal hold PSG to a 1 – 1 draw in front of their home fans at the Parc des Princes.
Edinson Cavani had put PSG in front after only 42 seconds but in the 78th minute, Alexis Sanchez thumped home Arsenal’s equalizer after Iwobi’s initial shot was saved.
Iwobi had the opportunity to seal the victory for the gunners in the 83rd minute when Ozil made a shrewd run to create space for him to receive a pass from Sanchez, but Iwobi’s low shot into the far corner from 14 yards was well saved by Areola, PSG goalkeeper.
After the match, Iwobi took to his Instagram and SnapChat pages to express his frustration at failing to score, especially the one that could have sealed victory for the north London side.
On his Snapchat story, he posted a black picture with text centred in the middle. He wrote: ‘Head Gone. Missed two clear cut chances.’
Elsewhere at the Nou Camp, Barcelona put last weekend’s setback of a home loss to Alaves behind them by thrashing Celtic 7 – 0 with Lionel Messi grabbing a hat-trick, Luiz Suarez hitting a brace and Neymar a goal and four assists in the Group C clash.
The trio, popularly called MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) were lively through out the match in their first outing together this season.
Team captain, Andrea Iniesta got Barcelona’s other goal, from a Neymar assist.
Messi scored twice in the first half (4, 28) and added the third just a minute after the hour mark.
Celtic were awarded a penalty on 25 minutes after Marc Ter Stegen fouled Moussa Dembele but the German keeper saved the spot kick.
In a Group D encounter, Bayern Munich thumped Russian side FC Rostov 5 – 0 inside the Allianz Arena.
Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich (brace) and Juan Bernat gave Bayern the comfortable win.
In other results, Bulgarian side, Ludogorets held Basel of Switzerland 1 – 1 in Group A, Turkish side, Besiktas also forced their Portuguese host, Benfica to a 1 – 1 in Group B.
Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine lost 2 – 1 at home to Italian side, Napoli also in Group B while Atletico Madrid of Spain piped Eredivise side, PSV 1 – 0 in Holland in a Group D encounter.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.