Cesc Fabregas scored a late winner from the penalty spot as Monaco got here from two objectives all the way down to stun reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in Ligue 1 on Friday. Kylian Mbappe had netted a first-half brace, together with a penalty, towards his former aspect, taking him to 99 objectives for PSG and leaving his present workforce seemingly on target for a ninth consecutive league win. But German worldwide Kevin Volland struck twice for Monaco after the break and Cesc Fabregas transformed from 12 yards within the 84th minute after Abdou Diallo had been despatched off for conceding the all-important penalty.
PSG stay clear on the high of Ligue 1, however this result’s a significant setback for Thomas Tuchel’s workforce earlier than an important Champions League tie towards RB Leipzig subsequent week.
“I am more surprised than I am angry,” stated Tuchel, who was additionally disenchanted to see additional first-half objectives for Mbappe and Moise Kean disallowed.
“I saw two totally different halves. First of all we completely controlled the game…and then the second half was completely different. I can only say it is our responsibility.”
Niko Kovac’s Monaco climb as much as second within the desk, 4 factors behind PSG, however Lille can reclaim second spot and transfer to inside two factors of the leaders in the event that they beat Lorient on Sunday.
“If you come back from two down to win 3-2 it is for sure something special, but I don’t want to glorify it too much,” stated ex-Bayern Munich coach Kovac.
“We cannot stop and say everything is done. It was a big victory but nothing more.”
PSG have been severely handicapped by accidents and suspensions this season, and Neymar was solely deemed match sufficient for a spot on the bench at kick-off on the Stade Louis II after lacking Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers over the past week on account of health issues.
Mbappe was again within the beginning line-up, nevertheless, after lacking his membership’s final two outings previous to the worldwide break with a hamstring damage.
Facing his former membership, with whom he received the Ligue 1 title in 2017, Mbappe burst by means of to place Paris in entrance within the 25th minute after being launched by Angel Di Maria.
He then discovered the web once more within the 37th minute, changing a penalty awarded for a foul on Rafinha by Youssouf Fofana.
His ninth purpose of the season leaves him only one away from a century of objectives in a PSG shirt since his arrival from Monaco firstly of 2017/18 in a 180 million-euro ($213m) deal. He even had one other purpose disallowed simply earlier than half-time.
Without their French worldwide striker Wissam Ben Yedder after he examined constructive for coronavirus, it was a good distance again for Monaco however they diminished the deficit seven minutes after half-time when Gelson Martins arrange Volland to attain from shut in.
Volland then equalised with a tap-in after Fabregas, on in its place, had crushed goalkeeper Keylor Navas to a cross.
Worse was to return for the guests, as Diallo — one other former Monaco participant — clumsily conceded a penalty and was proven a crimson card after the referee opted to evaluate the photographs.
Fabregas made no mistake from the spot, as PSG misplaced a Ligue 1 recreation after main by two objectives for simply the second time because the Qatari takeover of the membership in 2011.
Earlier Rennes warmed up for his or her Champions League rematch with Chelsea within the worst attainable vogue, taking place to a 1-Zero house defeat by the hands of Bordeaux.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored the one purpose of the sport towards his previous membership, as Rennes slip to fifth earlier than entertaining Chelsea in a recreation they realistically have to win to maintain any hopes of reaching the Champions League final 16 alive.
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