Sofiane Diop, Monaco, PSG
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Monaco stun PSG at the Parc

Publish on 21/02/2021 at 22:53

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AS Monaco beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Parc des Princes, with Sofiane Diop and Guillermo Maripan getting the goals for Niko Kovac's side.

Paris Saint-Germain 0-2 AS Monaco

 

THE MATCH

 

Monaco saw their league-best seven-match winning run come to an end in last Sunday's 2-2 draw at home to struggling FC Lorient; and Kovac, perhaps understandably, changed his system for the trip to the champions. Djibril Sidibé and Krépin Diatta made way for Axel Disasi and Ruben Aguilar, with the formation switching from 4-4-2 to 3-4-3. Rested Aguilar looked a particular beneficiary on the right, and knocked down the chance for the opener, which Diop headed beyond Keylor Navas from close range (6'). Earliest visiting goal at the Parc des Princes since September 2018 under their belts, Monaco remained in the ascendancy, even if their former left-back Layvin Kurzawa flashed a free-kick past Benjamin Lecomte's top corner (16'). Disasi might have scored from an Aguilar corner but Navas made a confident save (22'). PSG grew in confidence towards the end of the half and Idirssa Gueye flashed an effort narrowly wide (35'), but Ruddy Buquet's whistle for half-time went with Monaco, deservedly, 1-0 to the good.

 

Monaco make sure

 

The sides were unchanged for the second half, and play flowed in the same direction as much of the first had, with Maripan making it 2-0 after getting the break of the ball in bthe PSG box, the centre-back finishing like a centre-forward for his fifth goal of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats campaign (51'). Moise Kean - who scored a header in PSG's 4-1 destruction of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday - had a good chance to reduce the arrears with another one, but his effort, whilst textbook and down into the ground, as easy for Lecomte to collect (60'). Monaco should really have been out of site soon after, though, Kevin Volland heading wide from point-blank range after being teed up by a fine Caio Henrique volley (62'). Kean saw a shot deflect over the bar at the other end when he should perhaps have set Kylian Mbappé up instead (77'). PSG struggled to create many better chances though and Monaco held on for a famous win.

 

THE PLAYER: Ruben Aguilar

 

This was a big performance from Aguilar. Sidibé has been preferred at right-back for much of the recent winning run, but the one-time France international shone at either end in the French capitak. He assisted the first goal, had a direct hand in the second, and that Mbappé barely had a touch of the ball had everything to do with the former Montpellier Hérault SC man's hard running and determination

THE STAT: 8

 

This was Monaco's first win at the Parc des Princes in eight attempts. The principality side have not won in Paris since March 2016, when Vagner Love and Fabinho - now of Kazakh side Kairat and Liverpool respectively - scored in a 2-0 win. Marquinhos is the only PSG player to feature in that game and this, while Mbappé was up front for Monaco alongside Love that day.