Monaco win in Paris and show Barça halfway (0-2)

Monaco, who already beat PSG 3-2 in the first round, took the Parc des Princes on matchday 26 of Ligue 1 with a great victory (0-2) based on their defensive intensity and higher concentration at the beginning of each part. The team of Niko Kovac, with a defense of three centrals and an admirable rapport between the lane Ruben Aguilar and the right-handed central Disasi to cover Mbappe, showed Barça halfway, that on March 10 they will need a 0-4, for example, to go to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The title is complicated for PSG, third, four points behind Lille, one against Lyon and only two ahead of Monaco.

Yes Ronald Koeman He repeated Tuesday’s line-up against Cádiz at the Camp Nou, Mauricio Pochettino He almost traced the eleven that he won 1-4 in that first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Single Verratti, who is still in cotton after playing ‘touched’ against Barça at a high level, left his place to Ander Herrera. Neymar Y Say Maria they remain low due to injury.

PSG started relaxed, too much having as a rival a Monaco that is fourth and that is determined to sneak into the fight for the title. The set of Niko Kovac took advantage of the lack of initial intensity of his rival and in the 6 ‘he was placed 0-1 on the scoreboard thanks to a header from Sofiane Diop. It was a perfect three-cushion play with a cross at the far post from Volland, left of Aguilar and the execution of Navas by the 20-year-old Frenchman.

Sofiane Diop celebrates her goal against PSGSofiane Diop celebrates her goal against PSG

The team of Pochettino reacted by commanding the game, but with little depth and without disturbing Lecomte until the break. Mbappe he did not manage to get out of the confinement with aids that were prepared for him in the band and the most dangerous thing was a distant shot from Gueye. Monaco did not come close to Navas to the against, but yes to his area with a couple of actions in superiority.

At the beginning of the second half, PSG did not learn the lesson and entered with the same apathy, receiving the same punishment also in minute 6 (51 ‘). The Chilean central Maripan took advantage of an oversight of Ander Herrera in defense to steal the ball and achieve 0-2 with quality.

Improvement with Rafinha and Verratti

Pochettino gave entrance to Verratti Y Rafinha for Gueye Y Herrera and PSG began to accelerate. Kean finally disturbed Lecomte with a header in 60 ‘. But Monaco was still alive, so much so that Volland forgave the 0-3 on goal in the 61st minute.

The last 20 minutes, already with Draxler also in the field for a missing person Icardi, they were a harassment of PSG against a Monaco in which Maripan Y Badiashile they excelled in defense. Kean he left the band to get to ‘9’ and created danger. But MbappeLacking inspiration, he did not accompany him. Two distant shots at the clouds of Danilo Y Kimpembe they reflected the final impotence of PSG.

PSG-Monaco 0-2

PSG: Keylor Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Gueye (Rafinha, 55 ‘), Paredes (Danilo, 73’); Kean, Ander Herrera (Verratti, 55 ‘), Mbappé; and Icardi (Draxler, 73 ‘)

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino

Monaco: Lecomte; Disasi, Maripán, Badiashile; Rubén Aguilar (Sidibé, 80 ‘), Tchouaméni, Fofana, Caio Henrique; Sofiane Diop (Golovin, 80 ‘), Ben Yedder (Jovetic, 71’) and Volland (Ballo-Touré, 89 ‘)

Coach: Niko Kovac

Goals: 0-1, Sofiane Diop (6 ‘); 0-2, Maripán (51 ‘)

Viewers: 0 in the Park of the Princes

Referee: Ruddy Buquet. Yellows to Tchouaméni (15 ‘), Gueye (45’), Kimpembe (50 ‘), Paredes (57’) and Mbappé (92 ‘)