Just as it seemed AS Monaco were set to return to the Principality empty-handed, their never-say-die attitude saw them earn an equalising goal deep, deep into added time at the end of the game. The result was just reward for a hugely creditable performance by Leonardo Jardim's side, who rounded off matchday 9 in style.
Champions League intensity...
The Red & Whites, who were without their talismanic skipper Jérémy Toulalan due to suspension, made a bright start to the evening and could easily have opened the scoring themselves with a little more composure in the final third. First, Ocampos saw his powerful shot skim the PSG crossbar (20 mins ). Minutes later, the Argentine was prevented from giving his side the lead by a last-ditch from Camara at point-blank range (25 mins). Despite the home side seeing more of the ball (57-43), the clearest chances were falling to the Monegasques, and YFC came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a first-time shot that smashed against Sirigu's crossbar. The sides went in 0-0 at the break.
13 shots, 5 on target...
PSG stepped it up a gear in the second half and began to monopolise possession... But Ricardo Carvalho was equal to everything the Parisians threw at him, making one crucial intervention after another. The veteran defender will join up with the Portugal squad again in a few hours' time, and on tonight's evidence, his return to the international fold is richly deserved. But he was by no means the only player in Red & White to impress. Subasic was also on his toes, producing a superb reaction save to push Bahebeck's near post effort behind for a corner (57 mins).
In the 61st minute AS Monaco thought they had scored as Kurzawa found himself with a gaping goal to aim at, but his underhit shot allowed Van Der Wiel to make a desperate goal-line clearance. Jardim's men were giving every bit as good as they were getting and more besides, as the stats proved: 9 shots (with 3 on target) compared to 6 for PSG's (1 on target) in the 70th minute… Unfortunately for the visitors, the Parisians' 7th shot ended up in the back of the net. Bahebeck found Lucas lurking unmarked at the far post , and the Brazilian gleefully smashed the ball past Suba (71 mins).
Martial off the mark!
Despite the hammer blow, the Monegasques refused to let their heads drop. After steadying the ship and dealing with a couple of threatening Cavani-inspired PSG counter-attacks, the visitors kept pushing for an equaliser and were duly rewarded when Anthony Martial scuffed home in the dying moments of the game (90+1)… And it was no less than they deserved.
The result extends AS Monaco's unbeaten run at the Parc which goes back to 10 February 2007, and is their 11th draw in 39 Ligue 1 matches in Paris!