Cesc Fabregas scored a late winner from the penalty spot as Monaco got here from two targets 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 targets for PSG and leaving his present workforce seemingly on the right track for a ninth consecutive league win.
However German worldwide Kevin Volland struck twice for Monaco after the break and 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 prime of Ligue 1, however this result’s a serious setback for Thomas Tuchel’s workforce earlier than an important Champions League tie towards RB Leipzig subsequent week.
“I’m extra shocked than I’m indignant,” mentioned Tuchel, who was additionally disillusioned to see additional first-half targets for Mbappe and Moise Kean disallowed.
“I noticed two completely completely different halves. To begin with we fully managed the sport…after which the second half was fully completely different. I can solely say it’s our duty.”
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.
“When you come again from two all the way down to win 3-2 it’s for positive one thing particular, however I do not need to glorify it an excessive amount of,” mentioned ex-Bayern Munich coach Kovac.
“We can’t cease and say every thing is finished. It was an enormous victory however nothing extra.”
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 during the last week attributable to health issues.
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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.
Dealing with his former membership, with whom he gained the Ligue 1 title in 2017, Mbappe burst via to place Paris in entrance within the twenty fifth minute after being launched by Angel Di Maria.
He then discovered the online once more within the thirty seventh minute, changing a penalty awarded for a foul on Rafinha by Youssouf Fofana.
His ninth aim of the season leaves him only one away from a century of targets in a PSG shirt since his arrival from Monaco at first of 2017/18 in a 180 million-euro ($213m) deal. He even had one other aim disallowed simply earlier than half-time.
With out 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 instead, had overwhelmed goalkeeper Keylor Navas to a cross.
Worse was to come back for the guests, as Diallo — one other former Monaco participant — clumsily conceded a penalty and was proven a pink card after the referee opted to evaluation the photographs.
Fabregas made no mistake from the spot, as PSG misplaced a Ligue 1 sport after main by two targets for simply the second time for the reason that Qatari takeover of the membership in 2011.
Earlier Rennes warmed up for his or her Champions League rematch with Chelsea within the worst attainable trend, taking place to a 1-0 residence defeat by the hands of Bordeaux.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored the one aim of the sport towards his outdated membership, as Rennes slip to fifth earlier than entertaining Chelsea in a sport they realistically have to win to maintain any hopes of reaching the Champions League final 16 alive.