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September 22, 2013
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: T. Chapron
• Attendance: 45416
Z. Ibrahimovic 5'
R. Falcao 20'
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Lucas Ariel Ocampos
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: PSG 1-1 AS Monaco - the points are shared. Monaco remain at the top of Ligue 1 after a dour draw against les Parisiens. That's it from me tonight!
90' + 4'
Menez wins a free-kick for a foul by Ocampos, who is subsequently booked for timewasting. Free-kick forward, and that should be that.
90' + 3'
CAVANI!!! JUST WIDE!! Half the ground thought that was in, even Cavani did! Fantastic header, getting in front of the defence, but it's gone narrowly wide.
90' + 3'
And PSG are rallying in these final seconds. Maxwell pouring forward on the left, with a fine cross. Abidal with a superb header behind, challenging Ibrahimovic in the process.
90' + 1'
CAVANI!! Great chance, and a fantastic block by the Monaco defence. Superb ball forward from Matuidi, but substitute Raggi on hand to really block that ball away. What a moment.
There'll be four minutes of stoppage time at the Parc des Princes. Time for either side to steal a winner.
Monaco with a corner at this late stage. Rather subdued atmopshere at the Parc, with this game rather stuttering to the 90 minute mark. Sirigu collects the corner with ease.
SUBSTITUTION - Mounir Obbadi comes off for Jessy Pi. Slight bit of controversy as top scorer Riviere was hoping to come on in the last few minutes, but was superseded by Jessy Pi instead. Not the best way to motivate your best player.
Mounir Obbadi signalling to the bench that he wants to come off having picked up a slight niggle. An the bench has bowed to his wishes. Change to come up.
Lucas Moura with a rather audacious effort. A decent bit of dribbling, but lets fly with a powerful right footed effort that sails over Danijel Subasic's bar. Poor.
France coach Didier Deschamps in the stands keeping a close eye over this one ahead of next month's World Cup final qualifying round. He has expressed interest over some Monaco players.
Entering the final ten minutes in a competitive encounter at the Parc des Princes. A draw will probably be a fair result, and would give the likes of Marseille and Saint-Etienne hope ahead of the midweek games.
SUBSTITUTION - Monaco: Andrea Raggi comes on for Fabinho, who has admittedly looked a little jaded in the last few minutes.
Kurzawa advances forward, but his long ball forward is met by Jeremy Menez who attempts to control the loose ball. Referee awards a free-kick to Monaco after accusing the winger for handball. Cue a rather bemused face for Menez.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Marco Verratti is coming off for Jeremy Menez, with the France winger making his much anticipated return from injury, against his former club.
LUCAS! Good effort, and over the bar. Wasn't coming down in time to seriously trouble Danijel Subasic. But good effort from the Brazilian, holding up ever so slightly to connect with the ball.
Lucas is hauled off the ball by Obbadi, but PSG regain possession before Cavani is tripped by Eric Abidal. Late challenge, but no booking. PSG restart play quickly....
Monaco have been rather reckless in front of their own box this evening, routinely giving away a couple of good set-piece opportunities. Trouble is, PSG haven't taken advantage of that, hitting the wall once more through Ibrahimovic.
JAMES RODRIGUEZ! Teed up well by Lucas Ocampos in the middle, but his strike is spilled by Sirigu, before being gathered at the second attempt after pressure from Falcao.
Had three free-kick awards given by Chapron in the last few moments, highlighting the fact that this game hasn't been as fluid compared to the first half. But Monaco on the break through Ocampos, whose cross is headed away by Marquinhos.
Coming to the midway point in the second half, as Kurzawa's wayward cross reaches into the arms of Salvatore Sirigu.
Lucas Moura - with a man of the match performance against Bordeaux - attempts to dribble his way out of a tight spot. But the visitors hold their own to get the ball away.
Matuidi has been a real force in the PSG midfield, impressing when up against the pretender to his crown at international level - Geoffrey Kondogbia. Very powerful through the middle.
Yellow Card Mounir Obbadi
And the second time, Ibrahimovic fires the free-kick into the wall, which wasn't really 10 yards off, before Lucas Moura replicates the same move. Monaco holding strong. On the touchline, Lavezzi is getting strapped up over his knee.
YELLOW CARD - Mounir Obbadi (Monaco). The midfielder is booked after approaching play illegally from the free-kick. PSG will get another chance to retake the setpiece.
Over €80million worth of talent has just come on in the last few moments. But Monaco need to be a bit more careful, especially Fabinho, who despite being booked, has given PSG a great chance to take the lead. Free-kick 25 metres out.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Ezequiel Lavezzi is off for Lucas Moura. Strange one that, if anything, the Argentine has been more productive than Edinson Cavani.
SUBSTITUTION - Monaco: Geoffrey Kondogbia comes off for James Rodriguez.
Tempers blowing over a little bit as Motta is wrongly reprimanded for a foul, but Monaco are awarded the set-piece. Good delivery in, and Kondogbia's header is fired over the bar. Changes coming up.
Ferreira-Carrasco with a shot wide, but PSG break with a long ball forward towards Ibrahimovic. Kurzawa tracks back to try and get the ball off Matuidi. The Frenchman gets the connection, but somehow the referee awards a goal-kick. Matuidi is furious.
Moutinho and Obbadi combine well but Monaco are being kept at arm's length at the moment. Approaching the hour mark, can we expect a couple of changes?
Matuidi again showing his dynamism in the midfield, teeing up with Lavezzi who provides the pace to really trouble the likes of Abidal and Carvalho. But Monaco get the ball away, and Moutinho tries to carve out a move.
Matuidi the powerful presence in midfield, teeing up Lavezzi to run at the Monaco defence. Can't really get that far, as Ocampos deflects out for a throw-in.
IBRAHIMOVIC! My word, he's just not getting on the end of these chances. Fantastic play on the left-hand side from Lavezzi, who just edges Abidal out. Fine cross, Ibrahimovic with the chance and it goes under Subasic but wide. Corner given.
Corner delivered from the right but headed away at the first attemt as Verratti talkes openly with referee Chapron. Monaco win a free-kick at the other end.
PSG owner and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim watches on intently as Kurzawa lays a neat pass for Ferreira-Carrasco to give chase, but Marquinhos holds his own to block the shot.
Matuidi! Good effort, but a poor shot. Ibrahimovic does well to hold up the ball, using his strength to shield it away from Abidal. Towards Matuidi, who drifts his effort wide.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! As Dimitry Rybolovlev watches on with interest, PSG attacking from left to right in this second period.
The sides are out for the second half, and we are about to get started.
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 AS Monaco -- Falcao's equaliser cancelled out a fine Ibrahimovic header, but PSG have had the better chances. Hamstrung by Silva's injury, Monaco will be aiming to continue their improving performance in the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 AS Monaco.
45' + 1'
PSG with a late flurry of action as Matuidi's cross is met by Motta, who is in a crumpled heap with Carvalho. Cavani resuscitates the move, edging a header wide of the far post.
One minute added onto the end of the first half.
Approaching half-time in 'Le Cashique' and it's been a decent game so far in the French capital. Monaco have recovered from their early jitters to really take the game to Paris Saint-Germain.
IBRAHIMOVIC!!!!!!!! What a chance. And what a chance that has gone begging. PSG have three against two in the form of Ibra, Cavani and Lavezzi, but after skinning Carvalho, his curled effort is wide, and not even Lavezzi can divert that into the net.
Blanc looking a little frustrated at how PSG have been pegged back by Monaco since their early goal, but Monaco do look comfortable, and will be aiming to penetrate a weak Parisien defence.
FALCAO! Just wide. Not at the best height, and didn't really get the right curve in time to trouble Sirigu as it flies wide of his left post. Decent try from the Colombian though.
Yellow Card Marquinhos
Free-kick to Monaco in a very dangerous position, Falcao over it. And there is a bit of tension and anticipation ahead of this set-piece.
IBRAHIMOVIC! Narrowly over the bar. What a chance. Fantastic elivery, as Carvalho and Kondogbia remain static inside the box, but it's only just cleared the crossbar.
Yellow Card Fabinho
And right on cue, we have the game's first yellow card. Fabinho with a poor challenge on Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Free-kick awarded to Monaco after Moutinho goes to ground. Referee Tony Chapron hasn't issued a yellow card yet, but has awarded quite a few free-kicks thus far.
Ibrahimovic standing over the free-kick, but it's a woeful punt out wide, well wide. Not the Swede''s best in truth. Sirigu re-starts play with a goal-kick.
More or less level in the passing statistics - PSG lead with 128, though Monaco just behind with 119. On the pitch, Kondogbia with a rather reckless foul on Matuidi.
CAVANI! SO CLOSE! Just wide from the Uruguayan, who has been a little invisible at times in the first half-hour. Lovely flick from Ibrahimovic, who sets his team-mate through, past Carvalho, but his shot is dragged wide.
Verratti and Ibrahimovic interchange in the middle, before the young Italian lofts the ball over the defence, attempting to search for Matuidi, but Subasic clear to regain possession.
PSG break at the other end, as Lavezzi is released down the wing, but the Parisiens win a corner after the effort is blocked by Fabinho. Corner given, but once more headed away, and cleared by Moutinho.
Obbadi's ball is short, but Marquinhos with a late challenge on the former Troyes midfielder, who wins a free-kick. The young Brazilian's fourth free-kick given away in this game.
Lavezzi cannot get the positive touch on the left side to engineer a cross, but he has been rather productive, linking well with Maxwell and Ibrahimovic. Obbadi brings the ball away.
SO CLOSE!! Brilliant attempt from Ibrahimovic, who waits for Abidal to fail with the header, and launch a stunning half-volley which whistles narrowly past the post. It does look like Danijel Subasic has a touch though. Corner to PSG.
Edinson Cavani goes down under the challenge out wide, and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position. Nevertheless, it fails to materialise into something serious.
Assist Joao Moutinho
Goal Radamel Falcao
GOAL! PSG 1-1 MONACO - FALCAO!!! Equaliser here at the Parc, and it's a stunning diving header from Falcao, who gets on the end of Moutinho's cross and under the boot of Camara to head past Sirigu. Back to square one.
Les Monegasques win a corner for their efforts. Delivered in from Moutinho, it'sSalvatore Sirigu with the punch and Monaco are forced back.
Kondogbia with a wayward shot over Salvatore Sirigu's bar. The French international is playing in his second game for Monaco after a €20million move from Sevilla. Monaco are beginning to threaten.
SUBSTITUTION - PSG: Birthday boy Thiago Silva is replaced by Zoumana Camara. Who, aside from Jallet, is the only man out of both teams who played the last time these two saw each other in 2010.
No, he cannot continue. Silva looked to have landed awkwardly after going after a header. He's in talks with Blanc, but is taking off his captain's armband. Substitution to come.
CARRASCO! Easy for Sirigu in the end. The Belgian youngster curls an effort goalwards, but it's no problem for the Italy international goalkeeper. But hang on here, Thiago Silva is limping.
Van der Wiel is enjoying more game time at PSG, having finally fended off the challenge of former captain Christophe Jallet. He's been a threat out wide, exchanging lovely touches with Cavani and Verratti thus far.
Cavani with a deft touch to release Van der Wiel again on the wing. Another threatening cross, but Abidal on hand to turn the ball away for a throw-in. Kurzawa is struggling in these opening exchanges.
Motta delivers with an inswinger, but his cross is headed away by Ricardo Carvalho before Moutinho is clattered into by Blaise Matuidi. Free-kick to Monaco, but the Frenchman is experiencing some pain.
Van der Wiel is set free on the far side, engaging in a one-two with Cavani, before continuing his fine advance. Cross into the area is blocked behind for a corner.
Thiago Motta struggles with Lucas Ocampos, but the Italy international does a good job in the end to see the ball to safety. The midfielder scored a double in Pireaus earlier this week to down Olympiakos.
Monaco, bar their first minute attacking move, have failed to so far definitively pose a threat to PSG in these early stages. The Parisiens calm in possession after their early advantage.
The fans have erupted inside the Parc, as PSG take an early lead over Monaco, who have been breached defensively. Poor positioning from Layvin Kurzawa to not track Ibrahimovic's run.
Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOAL!! PSG 1-0 MONACO! Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes gold to fire PSG into the lead. Superb long ball from the defence to Maxwell, who delivers a fine cross into the box. Ibrahimovic gets in between Kurzawa and Abidal to powerfully past Subasic.
Maxwell evades the reach of Mounir Obbadi in the midfield, before racing down the left wing. Loses a bit of composure, and his cross into the box isn't a definitive one. PSG holding onto the ball a bit more now, aiming to settle into a rhythm.
PSG issue a brief response of their own as they get forward through Verratti's throw-on. Towards Matuidi on the edge of the area, Cavani is unable to dispossess Kurzawa on the far side, despite a slide tackle.
Great start from Monaco who attack down that left wing, through Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, before a foul just outside the box scuppers their move. Thiago Silva with the earlier interception.
KICK-OFF - Underway in the aptly named 'Le Cashique' as the stellar fixture in French football gets going. Monaco in their famous red, attacking from left to right, under a chorus of boos.
The teams are coming out to raucous applause inside a frenetic atmopshere at the Parc. Falcao exchanging handshakes and smiles with Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Sakho, fighting back tears, delivers an emotional pre-match speech at the Parc. He says that he gave his all for the French champions, and vows that 'his story is not over' there.
Liverpool FC defender Mamadou Sakho is on the pitch here at the Parc des Princes, less han a month after quitting the club for Anfield. He's been at the club since his teenage years, and is given a fantastic reception.
It's been a goal-laden day in Ligue 1 so far today: 14 goals in three matches. Lorient and Bordeaux ended in a 3-3 draw, before Lyon beat Nantes 3-1, and OGC Nice christened their new Allianz Riviera with a 4-0 win over Valenciennes. Yesterday, Marseille's stuttering form continued with a 0-0 draw at Bastia.
SUBS : Romero, Isimat-Mirin, Raggi, Tisserand, Rodriguez, Pi, Rivière.
AS MONACO : Subasic - Fabinho, Kurzawa, Carvalho, Abidal (c) - Moutinho, Ocampos, Kondogbia, Obbadi - Ferreira-Carrasco, Falcao.
SUBS: Douchez, Camara, Jallet, Ménez, Rabiot, Pastore, Lucas.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN : Sirigu - Thiago Silva (c), Marquinhos, Maxwell, Van der Wiel - Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Verratti - Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
So tonight, Dimitry Rybolovlev takes on the Qatar Sports Investment group. Whose project will pass the first major domestic test this evening? We'll soon find out. In the stands tonight is Sheikh Tamim, the Emir of Qatar, and owner of PSG.
The last time these two sides featured in Ligue 1 against each other - PSG were recovering after finishing 13th the season before in 2010. They earned a 2-2 draw against a Monaco side at the Parc, before finishing 4th. Monaco were relegated that season. The players who played in that game include Stephane Sessegnon, Claude Makelele, Park Chu Young and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang!
The general consensus is that a Monaco win tonight, despite being early in the season, would see them look like genuine title challengers. They'd be five points ahead of les Parisiens with a win, though victory over PSG would not only see them hold a mental advantage, but would return to the top.
It's been a good week for PSG, as Thiago Motta hit a double to get their Champions League campaign underway. Laurent Blanc's men, who still don't look like a complete side, won 4-1 in Greece against Olympiakos. Monaco have had the benefit of a week off, having beaten Lorient 1-0 last Sunday to sit on top of the table.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be bringing you coverage from the capital tonight in what is an eagerly anticipated encounter between two sides challenging the status quo in Europe. Whilst Paris Saint-Germain rallied to the French title last season, Monaco's stunning summer acquisitions and lavish spending have earned this tie the nickname of "Le Cashique" - a rather different, though still intriguing rivalry modeled on the existing Marseille - PSG divide.
Good evening, and welcome to this evening's rather special live Ligue 1 commentary. PSG have already negotiated decent wins against promoted sides Nantes and Guingamp, but tonight they face a whole new challenge. The pretenders to their French crown as financial heavyweights Monaco aim to make a statement of intent at the Parc des Princes.
The footballing landscape in France was changed towards the end of 2011 when Qatar Sports Investments took over Paris Saint-Germain. And after entering the year's end as leaders, and unveiling Carlo Ancelotti in the process, many were oblivious to the seismic change what was occurring in the Principality. Tonight, two financial heavyweights collide.
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