April 17, 2024

PSG crash-test validated!

Back from the international break, the Parisians had everything to fear from their clash with ASM at the Parc des Princes on Friday evening. Luis Enrique’s men had suffered a strange disappointment against Nice in the same circumstances, four days before their Champions League debut, two months earlier on the same pitch (2-3). This scenario was not repeated against Monaco, the Re…

Back from the international break, the Parisians had everything to fear from their clash with ASM at the Parc des Princes on Friday evening. Luis Enrique’s men had suffered a strange disappointment against Nice in the same circumstances, four days before their Champions League debut, two months earlier on the same pitch (2-3). This scenario was not repeated against Monaco, the Red and Blue’s announced challengers this season.

In this top-of-the-table match, Monaco held their own for a good while – taking advantage of Donnarumma’s foot error to respond through Minamino (1-1, 22nd) to Ramos’ opportunistic opener a few minutes earlier (1-0, 18th). Magassa’s clumsiness in front of Dembélé was heavily punished before the break, however. A missed clearance was converted into a penalty for Paris, and the infallible boot of Mbappé, flanked by the new badge reserved for the mehe top flight’s top scorer and scorer of his 14th league goal (2-1, 39th).

Five goals, a first this season

In the second half, Dembélé – credited with his very first goal for PSG (3-1, 70th) – and Vitinha (4-1, 72nd) ensured their side’s victory with back-to-back strikes. And Kolo Muani had the last word in added time (5-2, 90th+6), while Balogun had closed the gap for a while (4-2, 75th). For the first time this season, Paris found the net five times, pushing their third-placed opponents back to within six points of them – with second-placed Nice four points behind ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Toulouse. The result augurs well for next Tuesday’s C1 clash with Newcastle.