Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Ligue 1 clash between Monaco and PSG being played at the Stade Louis II.
Monaco climbs second in the Ligue 1 table after a 3-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Monaco sub: IN- Matazo OUT- Camara
Save: Diatta passes the ball to Embolo who sets up Minamino at the far-post. Minamino shoots first-time but Donnarumma saves it with a trialing leg.
Three added minutes at the end of the second-half!!
Neymar tries to get the better of his marker with his dancing feet. However, he fails to do so after taking a heavy touch and sending it out of play.
Save: Monaco with another counter attack as PSG commits bodies forward to salvage something from the match. Embolo is played a good pass on the left. He shoots at the near-post which is saved by Donnarumma.
Jakobs almost making an immediate impact as his low shot from the left at Donnarumma’s near-post hits the side-netting.
PSG subs: IN- Kimpembe, Housni OUT- Vitinha, Ekitike
Monaco sub: IN- Jakobs OUT- Golovin
Diatta gets the better of Bernat and fizzes in a low cross in the middle. Marquinhos can’t clear the ball as the ball gets stuck under his feet. Embolo runs in and blasts his shot against the PSG captain.
Minamino swings a searching cross inside the box from the right. Embolo was keen to get his head to the ball but Donnarumma comes out and collects the ball confidently.
Golovin goes past his marker with a lovely stepover and sends a ball inside the box. Ramos, in a bid to clear, almost turned the ball into his own net, but Donnarumma does well to read the danger and make the save.
Monaco subs: IN- Embolo, Minamino OUT- Ben Yedder, Ben Seghir
Booking: PSG’s Achraf Hakimi sees a yellow card.
Monaco surges forward as PSG defenders backtrack. Ben Seghir does very well to keep the ball amidst pressure and square it to Camara in the middle. Camara looked to find Diatta but ends up giving away the ball with a loose pass.
PSG sub: IN- Hakimi OUT- Pembele.
Save: Ben Yedder almost bagging his hat-trick as he hits hard and low with a first-time shot from a cross by Henriques. However, Donnarumma is alert and shows his reflexes by going down and making the save.
PSG sub: IN- Gharbi OUT- Danilo
Bernat is played a good through ball inside the box. The Spaniard takes a shot at goal but it is deflected out for a corner.
Seghir does well to wriggle past a couple of defenders on the right flank. He attempted a cross in the middle of the box but it was blocked.
PSG would expect some solidity in defence after the introduction of Ramos. The French champion were opened up very easily multiple times in the first-half.
PSG sub: IN- Ramos OUT- Bitshiabu
The second-half kicks-off with Monaco enjoying a 3-1 lead against PSG at the Stade Louis II.
Monaco leads PSG by a 3-1 scoreline at the break. Ben Yedder and Golovin the scorers for Monaco, while Zaire-Emery scored for PSG.
GOOOALLL!! MONACO GETS ITS THIRD!! BEN YEDDER SCORES HIS SECOND GOAL!! Ben Seghir does well to slide a defence-splitting pass to Ben Yedder. Ben Yedder makes his way inside the box and fires a powerful shot which ends up inside the net off the inside of the post.
Neymar delivers a good cross inside the Monaco box from a freekick. For a second it seemed like a PSG man will get to the ball but it is cleared for a corner.
One minute added at the end of the first-half!!
Save: Monaco almost scoring its third as Golovin was one-on-one with the Donnarumma. Golovin releases a venomous shot but Donnarumma matches it as he spread himself to make the save. That is a big save given the circumstances.
GOOOALLL!! PSG PULLS ONE BACK!! IT IS ZAIRE-EMERY!! It is a good attacking move from PSG. Soler rolls the ball to Bernat who had made the overlapping run. Bernat puts in an accurate low cross from the left, which finds Zaire-Emery in the middle. He made no mistake in tucking the ball inside the net from close range.
Diatta goes for a first-time side volley from outside the box from a Monaco corner. However, he skies his effort above the goal.
Ben Seghir looks up and shoots at the goal from outside the box. He catches the shot well but it is straight at Donnarumma, who catches the ball easily.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere at Stade Louis II has become a bit smoky as fans light flares from the stands. Tough to say which set of supporters are lighting the flares.
Off the line- Nubel finds himself in trouble from a PSG corner as he rushes for the ball and misses it. Marquinhos, at the far post, chests the ball down and tries to poke the ball inside the net, but Aguilar is there to make the block.
Save- Ben Seghir threads a good through ball to Diatta. Diatta finds Ben Yedder with a nice backheel pass. Ben Yedder curls a shot at goal but Donnarumma dives at full-stretch to make the save.
Block- Monaco with a good counter-attack. Aguilar finds space down the right. He squares the ball to Ben Seghir in the middle, whose first-time shot is blocked by Danilo.
PSG players are not enjoying any time on the ball. Till now, Monaco has been incessant with its pressing, especially in the middle of the park. PSG definitely missing the quality of Verratti in midfield.
GOOOALLL!!! MONACO GETS ITS SECOND!! BEN YEDDER SCORES!! Poor defending by Bitshiabu as he loses possession at the edge of the box after pressure from Diatta. Diatta pokes the ball to Ben Yedder, who finds the net with a good finish from a tight angle. Donnarumma had made the dive but could not keep it out.
Monaco breaks quickly - Henriques makes a driving run down the left flank. He plays a good one-two with Fofano before curling a cross inside the box. Ben Yedder gets a header away, which is parried by Donnarumma.
Marquinhos tries to find Neymar with a long ball from inside PSG’s half. Neymar had made a good run but the cross was a tad bit overhit and Nubel collects the ball.
Apart from the goal, Monaco has been the better team in the opening 10 minutes. Clement’s men are currently enjoying more of the ball as well with 56% possession.
PSG’s poor run of form continues as it finds itself behind after an early goal. It needs to be a team effort from Galtier’s men today, especially with the absence of players like Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
GOOOALLLL!! MONACO SCORES!! GOLOVIN THE SCORER!! There was a handball shout as Marquinhos seemed to have touched the ball with his hand inside the box. PSG’s defence could not clear the ball Ben Yedder does well to pass the ball to Golovin, who slots the ball inside the net from close range.
The Ligue 1 match between Monaco and PSG kicks-off at the Stade Louis II.
Monaco vs PSG head-to-head record
Confirmed starting lineups!!
8:20 PM- Latest news ahead of the Monaco vs PSG clash
A virus swept the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room a few hours ahead of its away game at Monaco on Saturday, with a stomach ache and vomiting from multiple players reported.
Local media reported “an intestinal virus” with symptoms of “vomiting, stomach ache and fatigue”.
The club declined to name the players insisting they were on top of the situation and that the players were being taken care of.
Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi had been set to sit out the game through injury. but the virus could affect PSG’s Champions League game with Bayern Munich in midweek.
Paris Saint-Germain will face Monaco in a Ligue 1 match at the Stade Louis II on Saturday.
PSG currently tops the league table but has not enjoyed the best form recently. Without their star player Kylian Mbappe, PSG crashed out of the Coupe de France after suffering a 2-1 loss to Marseille. Therefore Christopher Galtier and his men will be looking to bounce back in this match and get back to winning ways.
Monaco vs PSG Predicted XI
After losing Mbappe, the French champion will be without Lionel Messi for this match, who picked up an injury against Marseille. While Galtier said that the Argentine should be available for its Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, Messi won’t be a part of the matchday squad against Monaco.
Monaco is currently in fourth place in the league standings. It defeated Clermont Foot by a 2-0 scoreline last week. While PSG will start the match as favourites, Monaco will be confident of nicking a positive result at home.
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