Monaco 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain Ben Yedder downs leaders as Messi and Mbappe absences felt

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Paris Saint-Germains poor start to 2023 continued as Wi sam Ben Yedder scored twice in Monacos 3-1 win over the Ligue 1 leaders, who sorely mi sed the injured Lionel Me si and Kylian Mbappe. Hamstring i sues kept Me si and Mbappe out at the Stade Louis II, and with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi benched, Christophe Galtiers below-strength team were Starlin Castro Jersey all at sea.Aleksandr Golovin struck early for Monaco and Ben Yedder doubled up before half-time, punishing an error from 17-year-old El Chadaille Bitshiabu for his first goal.Sixteen-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery Wei-Yin Chen Jersey briefly put PSG back in contention before Ben Yedders second, but PSGs defensive shortcomings ensured they suffered their third league defeat since the turn of the year. PSG fell behind just four minutes into a calamitous display, Golovin poking home after You souf Fofanas powerful run teed up Ben Yedder for a blocked attempt.Monaco continued to test Martin Prado Jersey a nervous PSG backline and punished a mistake from Bitshiabu after 18 minutes, with Ben Yedder drilling beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma after the defender carele sly lost po se sion.PSG halved the arrears when Juan Bernats cut-back found Zaire-Emery for a simple tap-in, but the outstanding Ben Yedder restored Monacos two-goal lead with a composed one-on-one finish as half-time approached.Ben Yedder almost brought up his treble with a powerful header after 61 minutes, only for Donnarumma to deny him with a firm one-handed stop.Donnarumma was then alert to prevent half-time substitute Ramos putting through his own net as PSG escaped further humiliation, but they will need Andre Dawson Jersey a major improvement ahead of Tuesdays Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich. What does it mean? PSG on the slideGiven the ease with which PSG have mopped up domestic honours in recent seasons, Galtier could perhaps be forgiven for having half an eye on Tuesdays Champions League meeting with Bayern.The Parisians will surely improve for that last-16 encounter, with Me si likely to join a host of other big names in returning to the starting XI.However, PSGs form is undoubtedly a concern. They have already lost as many away league games in 2023 as they did in Giancarlo Stanton Jersey the entirety of 2022 (three), giving Marseille the chance to cut their advantage at the summit to five points on Sunday.Familiar foe haunts PSGMost Ligue 1 players have found goals hard to come by against PSG since their 2011 takeover by Qatar Sports Investments. Ben Yedder, however, is an exception.The Monaco skipper, whose 14 goals this season have him joint-top of Ligue 1s scoring charts, has now hit nine goals against PSG in all competitions, more than any other player during the Qatari ownership era.Neymar anonymousMost teams would Jeff Locke Jersey struggle when deprived of the talents of Me si and Mbappe, but PSG would certainly have Miami Marlins Jersey hoped for more from the third member of their revered forward trio.Neymar managed one shot worth 0.04 xG all game, having more touches (103) than any other visiting player but failing to carve out a single chance for his team-mates.Whats next? PSG face Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, while Monaco head to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League knockout round play-offs on Thursday.
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