In something of a departure from their usual approach, AS Monaco dominated possession in the early stages of this encounter. They earned their first sight of goal inside two minutes, with a free kick following Verratti's foul on Martial to the left of the penalty area. Carrasco delivered the ball into the box, but Cavani was there to head clear. The good start almost paid dividends for the home side on 9 minutes as Moutinho had the ball in the PSG net, but the Portuguese midfielder was flagged offside. After enduring a difficult opening fifteen minutes, the visitors began to recover and Subasic had to produce a top drawer stop to keep out a point blank effort from Cavani (16 mins).
Lavezzi goes close
Wallace then intervened to avert the threat from Lavezzi inside the area (21 mins).The Argentine was looking lively and soon had two more chances. The first saw him collect a headed pass from Matuidi and sweep a side-footed effort skimming past Subasic's left-hand post (25 mins). He repeated the trick with another curling strike from a similar position just before the half-hour mark, that also went wide (29 mins). The Monegasque response came on 35 minutes with a shot from Moutinho that was easily held by Sirigu. There was just time for one last shot over the bar from Cavani, before match referee Mr Varela sent the teams back to the dressing rooms. After a bright start, AS Monaco were under the cosh for long periods but stood firm against the PSG attacks.
Toulalan and Wallace, a rock solid duo
They came out fired up for the second half, with Carrasco sprinting down the left and finding Moutinho, whose shot was blocked. PSG looked to respond and Lavezzi was once again the architect, but Subasic was equal to the Argentine's effort (52 mins). Matuidi then tried his luck and sent the ball narrowly wide of the right-hand post. The central defensive partnership of Toulalan and Wallace was performing superbly to repel the Parisian attacks, backed up by the impressive Subasic who came out of his goal to great effect on 62 minutes to deny Pastore. At the other end, despite a 64th minute flicked header from Dirar, Sirigu was having a relatively quiet evening. Berbatov was introduced into proceedings in place of Martial on 66 minutes, signalling a tactical adjustment by Leonardo Jardim.
A fourth successive draw
Now lining up in a 4-4-2 formation, the Red & Whites looked to press their opponents more, but Kondogbia's long range effort was blocked (78 mins), whilst Kurzawa was unable to find the target (81 mins). In between, Pastore had a go at goal from a tight angle on the left of the box, but Subasic had covered his near post well. The two sides remained locked in stalemate through the latter stages of the game, and were eventually forced to settle for their fourth successive draw since last season. Whatever happens, however, there won't be a fifth when the teams meet again in the Coupe de France quarter-final on Wednesday night...