French Ligue 1
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Monaco 1-1 Paris St-Germain

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Thiago Silva scores own goal

Paris St-Germain retained their five-point lead over Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 as they played out a draw.

The visitors took an early lead when Javier Pastore nodded home at the back post from close range.

And it looked like they were going eight points clear until Thiago Silva turned Fabinho's cross into his own net with 16 minutes remaining.

Both sides had chances to win it, with Fabinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic going close late on.

It is a result which neither manager will be distraught or overjoyed with, as PSG maintained their advantage with 14 games left but Monaco kept themselves in the race.

The hosts got off to a perfect start when Thiago Motta's corner was flicked on by Alex to Pastore at the far post, who made no mistake.

Monaco, whose manager Claudio Ranieri has called PSG's squad "extra-terrestrial",external-link had three chances to score within a minute.

Lucas Ocampos forced a save from Salvatore Sirigu, with Emmanuel Riviere firing the rebound wide. And Riviere had another chance to score with the next move but again missed the target.

PSG celebrate

Ibrahimovic forced two saves from Danijel Subasic with low free-kicks, and the keeper also denied Pastore.

Monaco, who handed a debut to Dimitar Berbatov as a second-half substitute, almost had a reprieve when keeper Sirigu dropped a high ball under pressure from Riviere and only just managed to smother it from the striker.

Lucas Moura forced a save from Subasic as PSG looked to kill the game off, and moments later he was made to pay for not doing better.

James Rodriguez played the ball to Fabinho down the right and the full-back's cross was put into his own goal by a sliding Silva.

And it almost got even better for the hosts. Brazilian Fabinho, who was impressive at right-back, tried to beat Sirigu high at his near post but the keeper was equal to his effort.

And in injury time, Ibrahimovic forced a fantastic save from Subasic and they almost scrambled home after Monaco full-back Eric Abidal dallied while on the edge of his six-yard box.

Line-ups

Monaco

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Subasic
  • 2Fabinho
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 28Toulalan
  • 6CarvalhoBooked at 36mins
  • 22Abidal
  • 10RodríguezBooked at 38minsSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 85'minutes
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 29Rivière
  • 18GermainSubstituted forBerbatovat 64'minutes
  • 11OcamposSubstituted forKondogbiaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dirar
  • 15Berbatov
  • 16Romero
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 19Obbadi
  • 24Raggi
  • 27Kondogbia

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 17Cabelino Andrade
  • 8Motta
  • 13da Dias Costa
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 24VerrattiBooked at 40minsSubstituted forCabayeat 65'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 29Lucas MouraSubstituted forLavezziat 81'minutes
  • 27PastoreSubstituted forMenezat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 4Cabaye
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 7Menez
  • 21Digne
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 25Rabiot
Referee:
Stéphane Lannoy
Attendance:
16,384

Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Monaco 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Monaco 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Rivière.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Salvatore Sirigu.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabinho (Monaco) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco replaces James Rodríguez.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain).

  10. Post update

    Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Dangerous play by Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain).

  12. Post update

    Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Ezequiel Lavezzi replaces Lucas Moura.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Jérémy Menez tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match João Moutinho (Monaco) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Monaco. Jérémy Toulalan tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Rivière is caught offside.

  18. Goal!

    Own Goal by Thiago Silva, Paris Saint Germain. Monaco 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 9th February 2014

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