In a Stade Louis-II full to bursting, the game began with a lengthy spell of possession for the visitors. Almost as soon as they regained the ball, AS Monaco immediately looked to go forward and Martial set up El Shaarawy in the penalty area, but Thiago Silva had tracked his man well. Aurier was seeing plenty of the ball down the right flank, and found Ibrahimovic just inside the box. The Swede's curling shot skimmed Subasic's left-hand post (6 mins). Lucas was then played in with a deep ball behind the Monegasque defence, but Elderson got back well to deal with the situation (12 mins). It was a similar scenario three minutes later, but with Carvalho hot on his heels, the Brazilian was unable to beat Subasic after a superb piece of control (15 mins).
Matuidi gets away with one
After a tricky opening quarter-hour, AS Monaco carved out their first clear-cut chance of the night in the 17th minute. El Shaarawy collected possession on the left and surged forward, but had his foot clipped by Matuidi as he prepared to shoot from the edge of the area. Match referee Mr Bastien waved play on as Trapp picked up the ball. Cavani then got in on the action, sending a 22nd minute header off target before seeing Subasic push away his powerful shot in the 25th. That was the last real opening of a first half that AS Monaco ended well, albeit without really posing a danger to the PSG goal.
Cavani bags a brace
After the break, the Red & Whites were the first to threaten. Lemar overlapped down the right and pulled back a cross for El Shaarawy, but Trapp saved the Italian's strike (50 mins). AS Monaco were putting the visitors' defence under pressure, but it was Cavani who broke the deadlock in the 57th minute, heading in Matuidi's cross. Subasic was beaten to his right, and the goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side. PSG began to dominate possession and Cavani notched his second of the night in the 73rd after being set up by Ibrahimovic.
Lavezzi applies the coup de grace
The Monegasques tried their best to find a response, but Carrillo missed his attempted backheel flick from Martial's cross (75 mins). PSG, on the other hand, found the net again to pull even further ahead thanks to their substitutes. Lavezzi, who had come on for Ibrahimovic, ran clear and drilled past Subasic in the 83rd minute after a superb pass from Marquinhos, who had himself just replaced Verratti... The final stages of the game were painful for a Monegasque side that was physically exhausted after their seventh match in August. The full-time score was 0-3, with PSG simply far too strong tonight. With the international break, AS Monaco's next fixture is at Ajaccio on 13 September.