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Neymar’s penalty saved PSG a points against Monaco

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Mehr Ali Altaf
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Mehr Ali is a young bilingual journalist from Afghanistan working for the English language version of Khaama Press online. His main responsibility include researching and writing news reports for the sports, tech and entertainment sections.

Paris St Germain dropped their first points of the Ligue 1 season as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at home with Monaco on Sunday.

Neymar rolled in his eighth goal in five matches this season from a penalty after the VAR alerted the on-pitch referee to a foul on the Brazilian.

Kevin Volland had earlier given the visitors the lead on 20 minutes.

The champions top the table with 10 points, level with Marseille and Racing Lens.

New signing Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Marseille won 3-0 at Nice earlier on Sunday while Lens were home winners over Stade Rennes on Saturday.

Monaco could have been forgiven for arriving at the Parc des Princes still licking their wounds from last Saturday’s 4-1 loss to RC Lens, but they started brightly against the champions.

Philippe Clement went for a 3-4-3 formation, matching PSG player for player, and it showed early promise when a frustrated Neymar was booked for pushing Kevin Volland (4′). Monaco got stuck into their hosts at every opportunity, and that mentality led to the opener.

Mo Camara won the ball from Lionel Messi in midfield before Aleksandr Golovin slipped Volland through, and the German muscled Presnel Kimpembe off before converting low beyond Gigi Donnarumma (20′). An injured Volland made way for Maghnes Akliouche soon after (25′) but Caio Henrique might then have made it 2-0 from a free-kick that Camara earned, but his curling left-footed effort was turned around the post by Donnarumma (33′).

PSG ended the half well, though. Kylian Mbappé had an effort cleared off the line by Axel Disasi after Sergio Ramos had missed an overhead kick (44′) before he and Messi both hit the post in quick succession (45+1′) and it was – somehow – 1-0 to Monaco at the break.

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