PSG held by Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Champions League hopes suffered a setback this evening as they were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Monaco at the Stade Louis II.
Adriano had given the principality club - who were just one point above the drop zone at kick-off - a 25th-minute lead, but Mevlut Erding equalised six minutes after the break to earn PSG a share of the spoils. The result moved the capital club provisionally a point above Lyon and up to third ahead of Olympique Lyon's home game against champions Marseille tomorrow.
Antoine Kombouare's side started well this evening, with Monaco indebted to goalkeeper Sebastien Chabbert for a couple of fine saves. Chabbert was on hand in the 19th minute to keep out a deflected Erding effort from Nene's cross, and four minutes later he denied the Turkey striker again after a powerful attempt from Ceara's assist.
Despite PSG's promising opening, the deadlock was broken at the other end. Lukman Haruna sent a long free-kick into the area, where Adriano flicked a neat header past a stranded Gregory Coupet.
Chabbert had to be alert to keep his side ahead four minutes later, pulling off another quality save from Clement Chantome's shot after good work by Erding and Mathieu Bodmer. PSG found a way past Chabbert soon after the restart, though, when Erding volleyed home at the far post after the Monaco defence failed to deal with a Bodmer cross from the left.
Erding's personal battle with Chabbert continued to dominate the closing stages and PSG could easily have won it had it not been for the heroics of the Monaco stopper. First Bodmer released Erding, but he came off second best in a one-on-one duel with Chabbert, and then Siaka Tiene's cross from the left found the head of Erding only for the keeper to pull off another brilliant reflex save.