For a ninth consecutive Ligue 1 victory, Kylian Mbappe appeared to have set PSG up, but Kevin Volland and Cesc Fabregas had other thoughts.
As Kevin Volland’s second-half brace and a late Cesc Fabregas penalty sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory at Stade Louis II on Friday, Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain threw away a two-goal advantage against Monaco.
Thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s double against his former team prior to the break, Thomas Tuchel’s side had looked to be cruising to a ninth consecutive top-flight victory.
Monaco, though, became a squad resurrected in the second half, winning a remarkable three points thanks to the close-range strikes of Volland and the 84th-minute spot-kick of Fabregas, with Abdou Diallo of PSG shipping off in the penalty incident.
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The outcome means that if Lille overcomes Lorient on Sunday, PSG’s advantage can be cut to just two points at the Ligue 1 top.
In the early stages, Keylor Navas had to be alert to paw away the heavy free-kick of Volland as PSG started sluggishly.
After 28 minutes, however, Tuchel’s side forged ahead, courtesy of their first shot on goal. Mbappe latched onto the through-ball of Angel Di Maria, sped away from Axel Disasi and elevated from 15 yards coolly over Vito Mannone.
Then the 21-year-old scored his second eight minutes prior to the break, powering past Mannone from the spot after Rafinha had been fouled by Youssouf Fofana while trying to block a cross.
Moise Kean and Mbappe had attempts called out for offside by VAR, while before half-time the former even crashed a header against the crossbar as PSG tried to run wild.
After the restart, Navas made a wonderful saving to prevent Volland’s header out of a corner, but there was nothing he could do to stop the German tapping home after 52 minutes to reduce the deficit.
After a pass involving Aurelien Tchouameni, Volland then drew Monaco level in the 65th minute, tapping into an empty net after substitute Fabregas had clipped across the face of target.
The most unlikely three points were sealed by Monaco six minutes after Fabregas slammed in from 12 yards after Diallo lost possession and pulled down Volland inside the field.
Following a pitchside analysis, referee Clement Turpin compounded the agony of defender Diallo by upgrading his caution to a red card as Monaco celebrated their first league victory in eight attempts against the French champions.