For this first competitive match of the season, Leonardo Jardim went with what looked to be his strongest line-up: Subasic - Glik, Jemerson, Touré, Kongolo - Tielemans, Fabinho, Sidibé, Lemar - Mbappé, Falcao. The Red & Whites got into the game quickly, and inside the second minute Lemar seized on a defensive mistake to try his luck with a volley that missed the target. Three minutes later, Mbappé thought he had given his side the lead, but the assistant referee had his flag up. In the meantime, the Parisians stirred into life through Alves, who forced a magnificent save from Subasic (7’). With the game finely balanced, Sidibé celebrated his 25th birthday in style, running onto Tielemans’ perfect through-ball down the right channel and dinking the ball over Areola to put AS Monaco in front (29’)!
Fatal fifteen minutes
The second half started at breakneck pace. Sidibé delivered a peach of a cross onto Falcao’s head, but the Columbian sent his effort just over the bar (47’). Four minutes later, Paris-Saint-Germain snatched their chance to equalise as Dani Alves gave Subasic no chance with a masterful free-kick (51’). Tielemans came close to restoring the Monegasques’ advantage five minutes later, but his powerful shot shaved Areola’s post. The situation took a turn for the worse in the 63rd minute, however, when Rabiot headed in from inside the area.
AS Monaco suffered another blow shortly afterward after a coming together between Sidibé and Silva, with the left-back forced off with an injury. The Red & Whites stuck at their task, as Carrillo got in a good header but Areola saved on his line (80’). In the 88th minute, it was Falcao’s turn to have a headed chance, but his effort hit the foot of the post and AS Monaco finished on the losing side. Attention now turns to Ligue 1, and next Friday’s visit of Toulouse to the Stade Louis-II!