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Match Report: AS Monaco battle PSG to scoreless draw

Match Report: AS Monaco battle PSG to scoreless draw

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Publish on 03/02 at 03:00 - E. DEVIN


It was honors even at the Stade Louis-II on Friday evening, as a depleted AS Monaco held leaders Paris Saint-Germain to a scoreless draw in a lively affair.

The hosts were missing a raft of regulars, but still managed to keep the leaders at bay, despite ceding the majority of possession. Radoslaw Majecki made seven saves, delivering a second successive strong performance in goal for the Principality side as Adi Hütter’s newly-minted first-choice in goal.

Despite the Parisians’ domination, it was the hosts who would test Gianluigi Donnarumma (7 saves in the match’s early going, with both Folarin Balogun and Takumi Minamino having efforts on target. The Monégasques would even have the ball in the net on 25 minutes, but Wissam Ben Yedder’s effort was eventually flagged offside. Maghnes Akliouche would also test Donnarumma before the break, but neither side could break the deadlock come the halftime break.

At the break, Luis Enrique rolled the dice, replacing league-leading scorer Kylian Mbappé with Randal Kolo Muani, but to no avail. Monaco had a shout for a penalty when it seemed Achraf Hakimi had handled the ball in the box, but nothing was given. Ben Yedder was then involved again, hitting the bar just before the hour mark,

After this effort, Enrique made more changes, bringing on Ousmane Dembéle and Nuno Mendes, but neither side had any real chances in the final half hour, with Majecki keeping out a few speculative efforts from the visitors to preserve the deadlock.

With the draw, Monaco pull to within a point of Brest in second place, while PSG extend their lead at the top to twelve points ahead of the second leg of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.

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