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 staff seemingly on track for a ninth consecutive league win. However 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 serious setback for Thomas Tuchel’s staff earlier than a vital Champions League tie towards RB Leipzig subsequent week.
“I’m extra stunned than I’m indignant,” mentioned Tuchel, who was additionally upset to see additional first-half targets for Mbappe and Moise Kean disallowed.
“I noticed two completely completely different halves. To begin with we utterly managed the sport…after which the second half was utterly 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 little thing is completed. 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 over the past week resulting from health issues.
Mbappe was again within the beginning line-up, nonetheless, after lacking his membership’s final two outings previous to the worldwide break with a hamstring damage.
Going through his former membership, with whom he gained the Ligue 1 title in 2017, Mbappe burst via to place Paris in entrance within the 25th minute after being launched by Angel Di Maria.
He then discovered the online once more within the 37th minute, changing a penalty awarded for a foul on Rafinha by Youssouf Fofana.
His ninth objective of the season leaves him only one away from a century of targets in a PSG shirt since his arrival from Monaco in the beginning of 2017/18 in a 180 million-euro ($213m) deal. He even had one other objective disallowed simply earlier than half-time.
With out their French worldwide striker Wissam Ben Yedder after he examined optimistic for coronavirus, it was a great distance again for Monaco however they decreased 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 as an alternative, had crushed 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 purple card after the referee opted to evaluate the pictures.
Fabregas made no mistake from the spot, as PSG misplaced a Ligue 1 recreation 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 potential style, happening to a 1-Zero residence defeat by the hands of Bordeaux.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored the one objective of the sport towards his outdated membership, as Rennes slip to fifth earlier than entertaining Chelsea in a recreation they realistically must win to maintain any hopes of reaching the Champions League final 16 alive.
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