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PSG 0 – 2 Monaco: Niko Kovač shocks Pochettino

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Monaco, led by Croatian specialist Niko Kovač, beat PSG 2-0 at Princes’ Park in the derby of the 26th round of the French football championship, winning his first victory in Paris in March 2016.

A team from the Principality had a flawless score. Kovac outplayed and stopped the Paris stars, who did not score a single goal in the match for the first time in the past 13 matches.

PSG endured a traumatic landing after rushing through Camp Nou on Tuesday, beating Barcelona 4-1, by posting their first home loss by Monaco since March 2016, when they also lost 0-2.

Sofiane Diop (6) and Guillermo Maripan scored goals for Monaco’s eighth victory in the last nine rounds (51).

After fantastic action, Monaco took the lead in the sixth minute. On the second post, Volland scored, with Aguilar going back for Diop, who scored for the lead. In the 51st minute, Maripan scored 2-0 after the home players did not clear a single ball well after the break. She bounced towards Maripan, who scored 2-0 brilliantly. It was undoubtedly Kovac’s biggest win since the Monaco takeover.

Lille defeated Lorient 4-1 away in the previous match, returning to the top of Le Championnat. In the battle for first-league salvation, Nimes won valuable points by beating Bordeaux 2-0, thereby escalating the ‘Girondins’ crisis.

Meling (14) and Ripart scored goals for the hosts (71). Toma Basic did not play due to injury for Bordeaux, who have gained only one point in the last five rounds. Without goals, Strasbourg and Angers played, and Mateo Pavlović did not play for the guests.

With 58 points, Lille leads the table, three more than Lyon, while PSG is in the third position with 54 points. Monaco still ranks fourth, but just two points less than Paris now.

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