On Sunday evening, Paris Saint Germain hosted league leaders AS Monaco for the most highly anticipated fixture of the weekend across France and Europe. The game ended in a stalemate between the two heavyweights of Ligue 1 and it was a certainly an opportunity wasted for Les Parisiens.
Going into the huge match Paris were 4 points behind Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 with the chance to close the gap with a win. However, Paris were unable to make the most of this great occasion despite being 1-0 up going into the last couple of minutes of the match.
For the most part, the clash turned out of be a game of few clear chances and minimal drama between the two teams. Lucas was the only Paris player to test Subasic in goal for Monaco in the first half; forcing him to a decent save down to his right hand side.
The second half was played at a similar pattern as well. The visitors probably should of scored early in the half but were denied by a wonderful save from Kevin Trapp. But PSG were the team to break the all important deadlock. Julian Draxler has made a good start to his PSG career and he was brought down for the penalty which Cavani put away with ease to score his 21st league goals of the season and 300th career goal.
Monaco pushed and asked several questions of the Paris Saint Germain defence in the closing stages and eventually were awarded for their pressure, much to the disappointment of Les Rouge et Bleus. Bernado Silva was the Monaco player who found space outside the area in the 94th minute and the ball woefully made its way past a questionable Areola, who was brought on in the second half for an injured Kevin Trapp.
The result means that Paris no longer have their 100% win streak this calendar year and Les Parisiens also remain unable to have beaten Monaco since their result return to Ligue 1 three years ago.
But with greater importance, Unai Emery is yet to record a significant win as Paris boss. Draws to Marseille, Monaco and Nice on top of the loss to Monaco at the start of the season as well as two draws to Arsenal in the Champions League may start to make supports quite uneasy. This draw, however, takes nothing away from Paris’ amazing month but PSG still sit 4 points away from league leaders Monaco.
Final Score: PSG 1-1 Monaco
Top Performance: Thomas Meunier – The right back had a solid evening defensively and looked dangerous and added a lot of creative play going forward too. Deservedly earning a good rating of 7 from L’Equipe.
Next Match: Rennes v PSG, Wednesday 1st February, 8:00pm
Paris Saint Germain travel to Rennes in the Round of 32 in the Coupe De France. Paris narrowly beat Rennes earlier this month and I don’t think that it will be any more comfortable for PSG. However that said, PSG are the cup holders and will certainly be the favourites going into the tie with their impressive record recently, and in French domestic competitions as a whole.
PSG go into the game without many key players. Verratti, Di Maria, Meunier and Trapp are the main most significant misses. However, Meuneir’s absence presents Aurier with a chance to get his first start since AFCON duty. In addition, Goncalo Guedes could be in with a respectable chance of making his full PSG debut.
Rennes 0-1 PSG