Monaco return to Ligue 1 summit with PSG draw

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
29/01/2017

Bernardo Silva snatched a last-minute leveller (90+2') to cancel out Edinson Cavani's opener (p.g. 81') as AS Monaco returned to the Ligue 1 summit with a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

 Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 AS Monaco

THE MATCH

Paris Saint-Germain legend Ronaldinho was in attendance at the Parc des Princes and got things underway with a ceremonial kick-off. Less than 15 minutes into the game Monaco's Thomas Lemar nearly curled home a free-kick that would have done the former FIFA World Player of the Year proud, but his effort span just past Kevin Trapp's post (13').

Trapp tipped a Fabinho shot over the crossbar soon after (19') as the visitors piled on the pressure. It was PSG who felt more aggrieved not to have taken a lead into the interval, though, with Trapp's opposite number Danijel Subasic pulling off a pair of saves in quick succession to deny Lucas Moura and then Edinson Cavani on the rebound (42').

Trapp door firmly shut

The pendulum swung back in Monaco's favour after the restart, with Trapp doing brilliantly to deny Radamel Falcao from close range (46') before punching a speculative Lemar striker clear (48'). Trapp limped off with a thigh injury soon after, to be replaced by Alphonse Areola (54'), with Angel Di Maria entering the fray in place of Lucas minutes later (60').

The Argentine's presence helped keep Monaco on the back foot, and PSG were awarded a penalty in the final ten minutes when Julian Draxler was fouled by Djibril Sidibé in the box. Cavani thrashed the resulting spot kick home (80'), but Monaco would have the last word when Bernardo fizzed a low shot under Areola at the death (90+2').



THE PLAYER: Edinson Cavani
His late penalty may not have been sufficient to give Paris all three points, but the Uruguayan remains the top scorer in Europe's five major leagues. Cavani has scored 21 league goals this term - four more than Olympique Lyonnais' Alexandre Lacazette, and five more than former AS Saint-Etienne star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now of Borussia Dortmund.

THE STAT: 65
Monaco have now scored 65 goals in Ligue 1, making them the top-scoring team domestically across any of Europe's five major leagues. Even European champions Real Madrid CF trail the principality side, with their 3-0 win over Real Sociedad de Futbol on Sunday leaving them 14 goals behind.



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