A PSG side including four starters aged 20 or younger will have hoped for an early boost after being knocked out of the Coupe de France by bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille. Instead, just four minutes in, Aleksandr Golovin gave his side the lead when the ball fell fortuitously to the midfielder in the box. Things got even worse for Les Parisiens, as El Chadaille Bitshiabu was pickpocketed by Krépin Diatta, which allowed Wissam Ben Yedder to fire a pinpoint strike into the bottom corner.
Missing the injured Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, Marquinhos attempted to pull a goal back for the shell-shocked visitors but was denied as Ruben Aguilar flew through the air to clear. Juan Bernat then raced forward and squared the ball to give Warren Zaire-Emery a simple finish at the back post, renewing hope for Christophe Galtier’s side. That was soon extinguished by Ben Yedder before the break however, as the striker saw off Bernat and coolly converted his 14th league goal of the season, making him Ligue 1’s joint-top scorer.
Despite Sergio Ramos replacing Bitshiabu at half-time to shore things up at the back for PSG, panic ensued when Eliesse Ben Seghir reached the ball as Danilo Pereira tried to usher it behind, even if this proved to be inconsequential. While there wasn’t as much goalmouth action during the second period as there had been in the first, Ramos’ blushes were spared by Donnarumma after the Spaniard turned Golovin’s cross towards his own goal.
Breel Embolo was denied twice after coming off the bench, as Monaco comfortably extended their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to eight matches, lifting themselves to second in the table for now. Meanwhile, PSG have lost two of their last three away league games, and their lead atop the table could be reduced to five points by the end of the weekend.