Monaco vs. Paris Saint-Germain: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

Paris Saint Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden, left, challenges for the ball with Monaco's Joao Moutinho of Portugal during their French League One soccer match, in Monaco stadium, Sunday, Feb. 9 , 2014. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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The showdown between the top two teams in Ligue 1 did not disappoint in excitement, and when the final whistle blew, there would be no change in the title picture. 

After 90 minutes of hard-fought football at the Stade Louis II, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco ended in a 1-1 deadlock.

Javier Pastore opened the scoring in the eighth minute as he was the beneficiary of a flick-on from Alex, who connected with a Thiago Motta corner kick. 

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Pastore, who came off in the 66th minute of the match, scored for the first time in 1,208 minutes, a drought that the Argentinian forward was desperate to break. 

The rest of the first half saw both teams get to test the opposing netminders, but no one would be able to find the back of the net. 

Toward the end of the first stanza, tempers flared a bit as James Rodriguez, Ricardo Carvalho and Marco Verratti all picked up yellow cards in a four-minute span. 

When the second half began, PSG contained most of the possession, but they could not put away a Monaco side who were waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce. 

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The hosts got just that in the 74th minute when Fabinho's cross into the box was deflected past PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu by Thiago Silva. 

Silva's own goal was a major blemish on the performance turned in by the Parisians in the second half as they controlled the pace of the match until the equalizing goal went in.

As time continued to wind down in Monaco, neither side could find a match-winner with Fabinho's 89th-minute shot on goal being the only true chance for the hosts, but that shot was denied by Sirigu. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a late chance in stoppage time for the visitors, but he was denied by Danijel Subasic, who made five saves in the draw. 

With the final result, no change was made to the difference between the two sides in the Ligue 1 title race as PSG still leads Monaco by five points after 24 matches. 

 

Key Player Grades

Javier Pastore, Forward, PSG: B

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05:  Javier Pastore of PSG in action during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint Germain and RSC Anderlecht at Parc des Princes on November 5, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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Pastore was the surprise goalscorer for the visitors as he netted the opening goal in the eighth minute. 

In his 65 minutes on the pitch, the Argentinian was very active with 67 touches and three total shots.

 

Danijel Subasic, Goalkeeper, Monaco: A-

LILLE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in action during the French Ligue 1 match between OSC Lille and AS Monaco at the Grand Stade Metropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq on November 3, 2013 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Im
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Subasic came up big when Monaco needed him the most as he made five total saves.

His biggest save may have come in the 90th minute on the late chance by Ibrahimovic.

 

Fabinho, Defender, Monaco: B+

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The Monaco right-back was very active in the second half as he caused plenty of trouble to the PSG back four. 

Fabinho's pressure down the flank finally paid off in the 74th minute when Silva knocked in his cross for an own goal.

 

What's Next? 

PSG will go back home to the Parc des Princes to host Valenciennes on Friday, while Monaco will visit Bastia in round 25 of play in Ligue 1 on Saturday. 

 

 

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