Monaco 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Cesc Fabregas caps stunning comeback to end PSG’s eight-game Ligue 1 winning streak
- Kylian Mbappe scored two first-half goals as PSG looked to be cruising to a win
- But Kevin Volland’s double and Fabregas’ late strike turned the match on its head
- PSG must now lick their wounds quickly before a crucial match with RB Leipzig
Leaders Paris St Germain saw a two-goal half-time lead go up in smoke as they lost 3-2 at Monaco in Ligue 1 on Friday ahead of a crucial Champions League game against RB Leipzig.
Kylian Mbappe’s double was cancelled out by two goals from Kevin Volland before Cesc Fabregas gave the hosts all three points with a penalty six minutes from time to end PSG’s eight-game winning run in the league and complete a stunning turnaround.
Monaco are now second in the standings with 20 points from 11 games, four behind PSG, who host Leipzig in Group H on Tuesday trailing the German side and Manchester United by three points.
Kylian Mbappe’s electric run and finish put Paris Saint-Germain ahead against his former club
Kevin Volland helped Monaco back into the contest with a second-half double to stun PSG
Centre back Abdou Diallo, who fouled Volland for Monaco’s penalty, was sent off.
Mbappe, back with PSG since picking up a thigh injury against Nantes on Oct. 31, struck first in the 25th minute with a shot into the top corner after showing the Monaco defence a clean pair of heels.
He doubled the tally 12 minutes later from the penalty spot after Rafinha was brought down by Youssouf Fofana.
Moise Kean was denied PSG’s third by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for being in an offside position two minutes later.
It was referee Clement Turpin who then denied Mbappe his third goal for being offside one minute before the break.
Monaco raised their level after the interval and Volland reduced the arrears in the 52nd minute with a shot from close range.
Cesc Fabregas wheels away after completing an astonishing turnaround from the penalty spot
The momentum had swung and Volland levelled in the 66th, again from close range from Fabregas’s cross.
The Spanish midfielder then coolly converted the winning penalty.
Earlier, Stade Rennais slumped to a 1-0 home defeat by Girondins de Bordeaux, four days before hosting Chelsea in the Champions League.
Hatem Ben Arfa wheels away in celebration after his composed finish proved the difference
Bordeaux prevailed through a first-half goal by Hatem Ben Arfa as Rennes, who hope to revive their hopes in Group E against the London club on Tuesday, slipped down to fifth in the league standings on 18 points.
Ben Arfa danced around three Rennes defender before beating Alfred Gomis with a low shot from just inside the box nine minutes before the break.
The result put Bordeaux up to 11th on 15 points.