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Paris Saint-Germain play out a classic against Monaco as punters celebrate an unlikely draw



Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 3-3 draw by Monaco in what became an instant classic but are still comfortably leading the league.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were heavy favourites ahead of the fixture given their quality and Monaco just appointing a new manager at the end of December in Robert Moreno.

An own goal and a Neymar brace, as well as goals from Gelson Martins, Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani, capped off a 15/2 draw.

Mbappe PSG

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12 2019: Kylian Mbappe of PSG during the Champions League match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford Stadium.

Monaco seemed to be in huge trouble after Marco Veratti carved open the defence and put through Brazillian superstar Neymar who hammered home to give PSG the lead inside 3 minutes.

The most expensive player in history was 10/3 to score first and 8/15 to score anytime.

Moreno’s side struck back four minutes later with Martins sweeping home after great work from Cesc Fabregas and Ben Yedder.

They completed flipped the tie around six minutes later to make it 2-1 in just 13 minutes. Ben Yedder was played in by a simple pass by Balde Keita but his finish was superb managing to drag the shot across Keylor Navas.

The football was end to end as both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had great chances to score before Keita squandering an opportunity at the other end.

Tuchel’s side managed to equalise with a huge slice of luck after Neymar’s shot was heavily deflected by Fodé Ballo-Touré.

Monaco had a chance to extend their lead in the 30th minute but Kamil Glik’s header from Fabregas’ excellent delivery from the corner hit the post.

The first half ended in dramatic fashion with Neymar converting a penalty in the 42nd minute to give PSG the lead and his second of the night.

Mbappe missed another glorious opportunity to strike against his former two minutes later before Aleksandr Golovin spurning a great chance for Monaco to level the score.

In the second half, chances went begging again with Neymar and Keita unable to convert good chances for either side.

The second 45 minutes were less dramatic but Leicester City loanee Slimani managed to add another twist to the game.

The striker, who was a low 7/2 to score, converted following a great move from Gelson Martins but the flag went up.

There was a lengthy VAR check and controversially overturned the goal as it seemed like the Algerian was offside.

With the game coming to a close, PSG looked like the side that was able to find a winner but Mbappe and substitute Edinson Cavani were unable to score in the dying minutes of the game.

The draw will be extremely disappointing for Tuchel but his side are five points clear with a game in hand at the top of the table.

Monaco and Moreno, meanwhile, will be pleased as they sit in 8th place with a game in hand from their competition and a win in their next game could move them up to fourth.

However, their next fixture will be against the Parisiens in just three days time but this time, it will be at the Stade Louis II.

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