Areola welcomes starring role

Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was delighted to have played a significant role in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 Champions League victory over Ludogorets on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old French under-21 international, who is fighting with Kevin Trapp for the club's number one jersey, kept out a 59th-minute Cosmin Moti penalty which would have levelled the tie, before Edison Cavani put the game out of reach for the Bulgarian side less than a minute later.

Natanael Pimienta had opened the scoring for Ludogorets after 19 minutes before Blaise Matuidi equalised four minutes before the half-time break.

Cavani netted his first with 55 minutes played before Areola spared Thiago Motta's blushes when he got down low to the spot-kick to make a good save.

Speaking after the match, a delighted Areola said: "It was a good game for me, but the most important thing is the result and I'm happy to have played my part in that.

"I watched videos of (Cosmin Moti) with the goalkeeping coach."

Areola added that he needs to keep working hard and improving if he wants more night's like these with PSG.

"Nothing's settled yet (in terms of a regular starting place)", he explained. I have to keep on working and show I can be decisive."

PSG coach Unai Emery, meanwhile, praised his side for their comeback at the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski.

He said: "We absolutely had to stay calm when we conceded the goal, we had to play with confidence. That's how the players' qualities come to the fore.

"Tonight, the most important thing is the win. The goal just before half-time did us the world of good and we were able to play our game in the second half."

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