Neymar's Two Goals Not Enough as PSG Draws 3-3 with Monaco

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2020

Neymar wants Paris Saint-Germain to stick with their all-out attacking approach despite Monaco twice coming from behind to claim a thrilling 3-3 Ligue 1 draw at the Parc des Princes.

Neymar fired home from close range after being set up by Marco Verratti's through-ball in the third minute to get the hosts off to a ideal start.

PSG are five points ahead of second-placed Marseille and will face eighth-placed Monaco again on Wednesday, in a rescheduled match at Stade Louis II stadium.

Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas picked out Wissam Ben Yedder with a flicked pass from the edge of the area and after the striker was bundled over by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, midfielder Gelson Martins poked in the loose ball after seven minutes.

The visitors managed to turn things around after 13 minutes as Ben Yedder bagged a goal to go with his assist to put Monaco ahead after a lively start.

PSG had started the new year in rampant form by scoring six both times in a pair of domestic cup wins and looked on track for a 10th win in a row over Monaco after Neymar controlled a terrific Marco Verratti pass to smash home the opener.

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Still, Monaco pressed forward and Russian Federation midfielder Aleksandr Golovin curled wide with the goal at his mercy seconds before the break.

The referee disallowed the goal for offside, but then awarded it after a video review because Marquinhos' intervention effectively played Slimani back onside.

Aleksandr Golovin missed an excellent chance to level before the break while Neymar was denied a hat-trick by a sharp reflex stop from Benjamin Lecomte early in the second half. PSG was lucky to avoid a penalty since center half Thiago Silva deflected Slimani's header with his raised hand.

Nantes climbed up to fourth on 32 points thanks to a 2-0 win at St Etienne. "But we can only learn and get better from these kinds of games".

Defender Hamza Mendyl received a red card in the 21st minute for kicking Luiz Araujo in the ribs.

Julio Tavares netted the victor on 47 minutes for the hosts.

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