Monaco snatch capital win
An own goal from 'keeper Apoula Edel against the run of play handed a precious three points to Monaco when the two sides fought out a frenetic league encounter at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / AS Monaco FC : 0 - 1
Antoine Kombouaré’s PSG side seemed set to put their League Cup elimination and last week’s 3-1 loss to Lille at the weekend behind them as they produced an exciting attacking display for the visit of Monaco.
Veteran Ludovic Giuly made a strong impression in a rare start, leading a counter-attack in the third minute that saw the in-form Stéphane Ruffier save from Peguy Luyindula before producing a pair of excellent parries to hold out Clément Chantôme’s two follow-up efforts.
Paris took hold of the first half, with Luyindula heading just over (36’) before almost going ahead as Ruffier somehow managed to race back and clear Congolese defender Cédric Mongongu’s floated back-pass off his line (43’).
Paris continued in the same vein after the break, with chances for Giuly, who smashed a shot in to the crossbar (51’), Luyindula (66’) and Chantôme (49’, 66’), but in the end it was an own-goal – at the other end of the park – that decided the match just seconds later.
An unlucky Apoula Edel could only watch as the ball sailed into the net after Eduardo Costa’s cross deflected cruelly off his foot to give Monaco an unlikely lead with only 20-odd minutes to go.
Paris poured everything into the final stages of the match, Kombouaré bringing on Guillaume Hoarau in his first appearance since damaging knee ligaments in September, but Monaco held firm, thanks largely to Ruffier’s heroics, to make it three league wins in a row and their fourth in an undefeated run of six matches.
The loss sees Paris sit tight in tenth place while Monaco climb to 6th, just three points shy of second-placed Montpellier.