One of the most star-studded games in Ligue 1 history concluded on Sunday evening with a result that leaves both Paris Saint-Germain FC and AS Monaco FC unbeaten and happy at the top of the table.
Promoted Monaco began the day two points clear of champions PSG and that remained the case after Zlatan Ibrahimović and Falcao traded goals in the French capital. PSG looked poised to overtake the visitors when their Sweden striker hammered in Maxwell's cross from close range in the fifth minute. However, Falcao's diving header drove João Moutinho's cross past Salvatore Sirigu on 20 minutes to ultimately share the spoils.
It was a special night for French football as last season's Ligue 1 leading scorer Ibrahimović shared the pitch with potent marksmen signed in the summer from Serie A and the Spanish Liga, in the shape of Edinson Cavani and Falcao. "It felt like I was playing in a Champions League game," said PSG's Zoumana Camara, who came on for the injured Thiago Silva. "It was technically fast and a great night."
There was also plenty of respect between the teams and coaches, as visiting tactician Claudio Ranieri testified. "We are happy with a point,” he said. "Paris are a very strong side. We are young and made mistakes. A point is good."
If Laurent Blanc's charges were ahead on the chance count, the former France coach regretted that the opportunites were not turned into goals. "Monaco put in a great performance but I think we deserved to win," he said. "I also think both coaches tried to push until the end to win it. The fans at the ground and the viewers enjoyed it, I think."
"We brought back a good point," declared Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. "It was far from easy as they threatened our goal on several occasions. But to sum up, it is a good result for us."
Midweek winners at Olympiacos FC in commencing their UEFA Champions League bid, PSG travel to Valenciennes FC on Wednesday before hosting Toulouse FC and SL Benfica. With no European campaign to distract them, Monaco are approaching their fourth game as leaders when SC Bastia come calling on Wednesday.
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