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In a lively match, AS Monaco battle for a draw against PSG

In a lively match, AS Monaco battle for a draw against PSG
At the end of a match full of opportunities for both sides, the Rouge et Blanc obtained a draw against Paris Saint-Germain (0-0), in a sold-out Stade Louis-II.

They gave it their all! Exhausted by the intensity of the match, the Rouge et Blanc obtained a draw against PSG (0-0). If they dominated in the first half, creating several chances, the second was more difficult but they were still able to resist the Parisian waves. After the victory obtained in Lens, they earned a good result against the Parisian league leaders.  ✍️

The context 📅

Back on the third step of the podium after a victory earned in the final moments in Lens (2-3), our Rouge et Blanc want to taste success again at home, almost three months later. But the task promises to be complicated since they were facing the league leader inPSG. A team against whom they have nevertheless won in their last three matches at the Stade Louis-II.

Facing Paris will be a big battle since we will take on one of the best teams in the league. During training, we are feeling more motivation and concentration. Everyone wants to see this match, the stadium will be full. We will have to fight as a team to win.
Adi HütterOn facing PSG

The eleven 👥

For the big match of Matchday 24, Adi Hütter set his team out with five attacking players. This is how Wissam Ben Yedder, Folarin Balogun, Aleksandr Golovin, Takumi Minamino and Maghnes Akliouche were in the eleven. A scratch at the last minute, Mohammed Salisu was replaced by Thilo Kehrer, who was back starting  after missing the last match due to suspension. He would occupy the centre of defense alongside Guillermo Maripán.

The scenario 🎞

In a big night atmosphere with the sold-out Stade Louis-II filled with 14,000 spectators, PSG has as usual a monopoly on the ball. But it was the Rouge et Blanc who had the best chances through Folarin Balogun (5′) and Takumi Minamino (16′) but Donnarumma repelled their attempts. The Parisian reply came from Marco Asensio whose shot was captured without a problem by Radoslaw Majecki (21′).

Captain’ Wiss comes close to his 114th goal

Sharp, the Monegasques thought they had opened the scoring through Wissam Ben Yedder but his goal was denied for offside (25′). This was before our had two huge chances in quick succession. Maghnes Akliouche, with a chipped effort, saw his attempt kept out by the opposing goalkeeper, before Aleksandr Golovin’s  strike was blocked by the defense (29′). The first 30 minutes were very lively, as was the end of the first half.

Dominant but unrewarded

Scarcely in danger, a nervy moment nevertheless came to pass in Fontvieille when Vitinha’s attempt flirted with the post of “Radek” (41′). This slight moment of stress passed, AS Monaco moved forward again and Captain’ Wiss’s volley was slightly over the bar (42′), while his shot across goal was pushed away with his foot by Donnarumma.

The Rouge et Blanc wanted to make the difference before the break and continued to get forward. In a final action, the Monegasque number 21 was found in behind by Kassoum Ouattara but his shot was again stopped by the Italian goalkeeper (45+3′) as the score remained goalless at the break.

A few unlucky Monégasques

In the second half, played without Kylian Mbappé, who was taken off at the break, things started again on a similar basis. The Rouge et Blanc even thought they had a penalty from the restart after a handball from Hakimi in the area but the referee did not flinch (48′). Unlucky, the bar then kept out a perfect volley from Wissam Ben Yedder (57′). Changes were then made by PSG, which appears more and more dangerous.

Radoslaw Majecki in wall mode

Bradley Barcola then was denied by Radoslaw Majecki, one of the big evening’s big stars as he rejected two chances (62′), including a big header (67′). The Monegasques sought to play more on the counterattack and on one of them, Balogun saw his shot being blocked by a clearance from Beraldo (71′). The Polish “wall” then responded again to deflect a Vitinha shot behind for a corner (75′).

A good point taken against the leaders

The 22 players, exhausted by this high intensity match, gave everything to try to take the advantage but the defenses were solid on both sides. The last chance was nevertheless for AS Monaco and Guillermo Maripán’s header was too soft to worry the PSG goalkeeper (90+2′).

It is with this action that Mr. Buquet whistled the end of a match rich with opportunities. The Rouge et Blanc thus obtained a point against the leaders, achieving a first clean sheet since the 14th round. The next match is in Strasbourg, next Sunday (3 p.m.). Daghe guys!

Key moments 🎥

5′: Balogun is denied by Donnarumma at a tight angle
16′: With the tips of his gloves, Donnarumma keeps a strike from Minamino out of his top corner
21′: A first save by Majecki who catches an attempt by Asensio
25′: A goal is denied to Ben Yedder for offside
29′: A double chance for Akliouche and Golovin
41′: A powerful strike by Vitinha is just wide of Majecki’s post
42′: Ben Yedder’s volley is slightly over the bar
43′: A shot across goal by Ben Yedder is kept out by the foot of the Parisian goalkeeper
45+3rd’  A big save by Donnarumma on his line to deny Akliouche
48′: A handball from Hakimi in the area is not called
57′: Ben Yedder’s volley comes off the crossbar
60′: Beraldo heads over from a corner
62′: Barcola’s strike is captured with a diving save by Majecki
67′:  A point-blank save from Majecki on a header by Barcola
71′: Balogun’s strike is blocked by Beraldo, with a good clearance
75′: An attempt by Vitinha is turned over by Majecki for a corner
90+2′: Maripán’s header from a Golovin free kick is captured by Donnarumma

The stat’ 📊

With a monstrous performance to muzzle first Mbappé and then Barcola, Wilfried Singo won 88% of his duels on the evening (15/17), the best ratio for a player with at least 15 duels played against Paris SG in a Ligue 1 match since Opta had bee analyzing the competition (2006/07).

📋 Match details:

Friday March 1 – Stade Louis-II

Ligue 1 – Matchday 24: AS Monaco 0-0 PSG 

Halftime: 0-0

AS Monaco: Majecki – Singo, Kehrer, Maripán, Ouattara – Akliouche (Ben Seghir, 70′), Fofana, Golovin – Minamino – Balogun, Ben Yedder ©

Substitutes: Köhn, Platret, Valme, Benama, Ben Seghir, Coulibaly, Diop, Magassa, Michal

Manager: Adi Hütter

Paris SG: Donnarumma – Hakimi, Mukiele, Beraldo, Hernandez (Mendes, 59′) – Soler (Lee Kang-In, 86′), Ugarte, Vitinha – Asensio (Barcola, 39′), Ramos (Dembélé, 59′), Mbappé © (Kolo Muani, 46′)

Substitutes: Navas, Gadou, Mendes, Lee Kang-In, Fabian Ruiz, Zaïre-Emery, Barcola, Dembélé, Kolo Muani

Manager: Luis Enrique

Rise. Risk. Repeat.