Well, who saw that coming! Runaway league leaders PSG were made to look highly ordinary by a Monaco side who were exceptional throughout the game. From front to back, the hosts were relentless.
And once Volland came on to score in the 68th minute, any PSG attempt at a comeback was well and truly over.
Ben Yedder dispatched a late penalty to score his second of the game and round off a complete performance from a Monaco side who pick up just their second win in six games.
MONACO (4-1-4-1): Alexander Nubel;
Ruben Aguilar, Axel Disasi, Benoit Badiashile, Caio Henrique; Aurelien Tchouameni;
Gelson Martins, Youssouf Fofana, Jean Lucas, Aleksandr Golovin; Wissam Ben Yedder.
PSG (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma;
Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes;
Danilo Pereira, Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti;
Georginio Wijnaldum, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe.
Monaco get their breakthrough! It’s been coming, and as Fofana bursts down the right, he spots Ben Yedder in the centre, and the captain fires a first-time back-heeled shot beyond Donnarumma at his near post and into the back. Of the net! What a finish from Ben Yedder, and it’s clear that he and his teammates are playing with confidence as the hosts take a 1-0 lead.
Ben Yedder races down the right before finding Aguilar, whose first-time cross is my by Volland on the run. He’s falling as he shoots but squeezes the ball beyond Donnarumma and into the bottom corner! 2-0 to Monaco.
That was lucky! Donnarumma initially parries Ben Yedder’s low penalty in the bottom left corner, but the ball bounces back up, hits the opposite post, and goes in! Perhaps it’s a touch of fortune, but it’s the least Monaco deserves. They have been superb in this game and lead 3-0.
Aurelien Tchoumeni’s game by numbers vs PSG:
100% tackles won
99% pass accuracy
59 passes completed
6 ball recoveries
5 attempted longs balls
4 successful long balls
3 duels won
2 fouls drawn
So, what’s next?
That comfortable victory moves Monaco up to seventh in the table, just 3 points off fifth-placed Strasbourg.
PSG remain 15 points ahead of the chasing pack. Still, performances as underwhelming as that may grant second-placed Marseille with the ambition of pulling off the impossible and catching the runaway leaders.
Unlikely, of course, but PSG were woeful today and didn’t play like a side fighting for a title.
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