Pastore surprised everyone
The match began with the Parisians confiscating the ball, but failing to create any real danger. With their first half chance, Kurzawa crossed for Germain who couldn't make the most of the opening. The match was eight minutes old when Pastore, unmarked at the back post, opened the scoring with a header from Alex's flick on. Pushed on by the kop, Les Rouge et Blanc fought back and PSG were lucky to survive two shots from Toulalan and Moutinho, blocked by the defence and then saved by Sirigu (9'). In the 13th minute, Ocampos evaded his markers and forced Sirigu into another save. The ball bounced back to Rivière who couldn't react quickly enough. A minute later the Martinique striker had another great chance, only to be tackled by Silva in extremis.
After an exciting 15-minute spell, PSG carved out another clear chance when Ibrahimovic failed to make the most of Maxwell's cross. Lively down the right-hand flank, Fabinho crossed after good work from Ocampos. The Parisian defence cleared as far as Moutinho whose volley flashed wide (22'). The entertainment continued as Subasic produced a fantastic save to deny a powerful Ibrahimovic free-kick (23'). With half an hour gone, Pastore drove into the area, but dragged his shot wide. ASM continued to push for an equaliser, but the visitors' defence held firm in front of efforts from Fabinho and James just before the break.
Battle of the goalkeepers
After the restart, Claudio Ranieri changed the formation as Kondogbia replaced Ocampos. The flat 4-4-2 became a diamond-shaped 4-4-2 with James inheriting the playmaking role. While the second half was not as intense as the first, the excellent Kondogbia saw ASM win a lot more ball. In the 48th minute, from a Monaco corner, Sirigu produced a good save to deny Carvalho. Then it was Subasic that was on hand to turn another Ibrahimovic free-kick around the post (52'), before Sirigu punched out another dangerous Kurzawa cross. PSG's Italian 'keeper then gave himself a scare when he misjudged a high ball in the 62nd minute with Rivière bearing down.
Thiago Silva own goal
But the equaliser finally arrived in the 74th minute when, played into the area, Fabinho crossed low and hard towards Berbatov and Rivière, only for Silva to dive in and turn the ball into his own net beyond Sirigu! It was all level with 15 minutes left to play. Both sides had chances to win it in the final moments. In a situation almost identical to the equaliser, Fabinho shot hard at goal from a tight angle and Sirigu palmed the ball over the bar (89'). Immediately up the other end, Subasic was on hand to deny Ibrahimovic from close range. The final whistle confirmed the same result as the first meeting in the capital as AS Monaco FC and Paris-Saint-Germain ended 1-1. There is still everything to play for in the Ligue 1title race...