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Monaco Shares Spoils With French League Leaders

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It came as a shock to the football world on Sunday, January 12, 2020, when Ligue 1 leaders, PSG fumbled at a chance to extend their lead on the log.

From the kick-off whistle by referee Antony Gautier in front of 47,580 spectators, the French capital club struggled to outdo their opponents.

With just three minutes on the clock, Marco Verrati whipped in a lovely cross that Brazilian star, Neymar wasted no time in converting for the home team.

Not sensing any danger, PSG players came all out in a bid to mount pressure and double the scoreline. They paid dearly with a counter-attack that led to a goal for the visitors.

Just 4 minutes after Neymar put the home team ahead; Ben Yedder of Monaco broke free and ran at the PSG goalie before finding Gelson Martins, who only needed a tap-in to score an empty net.

Six minutes after the visitors’ first goal, Balde Keita finds Ben Yedder who was lurking at the edge of PSG’s box and with a great effort, he strikes home with his left foot to put Monaco into an unlikely lead.

The following minutes saw Neymar’s free-kick draw a great save from Monaco goalkeeper, Benjamin Lecomte and Keylor Navas denying Balde Keita on the other end. However, Fode Ballo Toure in an attempt to intercept a searching pass from PSG kicked the ball into his net and leveled the score at 2-2.

In the 30th minute, Kamil Glik (Monaco) looked on as his header from a corner kick hit the PSG goal post. 11 minutes later, Gelson Martins couldn’t help it as the referee blew his whistle and pointed to the spot after his clumsy challenge on a PSG attacker.

Neymar walked up to the spot and scored the penalty, putting PSG back in the lead.

After the break, the closest chance came in the 56th minute when Neymar turned nicely in the Monaco box and sent a fast-paced shot that was parried by Lecomte.

As time wore on, Monaco coach, Robert Moreno decided to take off Cesc Fabregas and replace him with former Leicester City player, Islam Slimani. 5 minutes from that moment, the gamble paid off. Slimani was lurking around the box when a PSG defender clumsily cleared off Monaco’s corner.

He wasted no time in firing the rebound back at the post, which Navas couldn’t do much to save. The score was 3-3. Despite VAR’s intervention, the goal stood and sent roars from the Monaco fans engulfing the whole arena.

Thomas Tuchel decided to rev up the PSG game by introducing fresh legs – replacing Icardi with Cavani and Verrati with Paredes. However, Monaco held on until the last minute and secured a draw after a thrilling game.

There were three yellow cards in the game all given to Monaco players and three great saves each from both team’s keepers.

The result leaves Monaco just 3 points shy of the top four and PSG five points above second-placed Marseille.

Monaco hosted PSG on January 15, 2020, in a Ligue 1 cruncher that will influence how the next round of games will go down. The match ended with a 4-1 victory in favour of PSG, even though both sides drew 3-3 earlier this week. PSG now has a total of 49 points from 20 games.

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