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Soccer-PSG close in on last 16 with 3-0 win against Basel

* PSG beat Basel 3-0 in Group A

* Basel hit the woodwork three times in first half

* Di Maria, Lucas and Cavani were on target for PSG

* PSG travel to Basel on Nov. 1

By Julien Pretot

PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain edged closer to the Champions League's last 16 as goals by Angel Di Maria, Lucas and Edinson Cavani secured a flattering 3-0 home win over Basel in Group A on Wednesday.

Di Maria put the hosts ahead five minutes before the break, Lucas made it 2-0 in the second half and Cavani's last-gasp penalty rounded it off to put PSG on seven points after three games, second in the group on goal difference behind Arsenal, who hammered Ludogorets 6-0.

Basel, who struck the woodwork three times at the Parc des Princes, are third on one point ahead of Ludogorets on goal difference.

The reverse games will be played on Nov. 1 when PSG, who were under-par for much of Wednesday's encounter, will need to raise their performance-level if they want to stay in contention for top spot.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)