PSG tops Monaco 2-1 to extend Ligue 1 lead

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Paris Saint-Germain wasn’t at its best, but Monaco was worse as the Ligue 1 leaders extended their lead with a 2-1 win behind goals from Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Cavani put PSG in front 19 minutes in. Julian Draxler received a through-ball and nutmegged Jemerson to feed the striker, and Cavani redirected the cross into the back of the net with the outside of his foot.

Neymar doubled the lead just after halftime after he won a penalty when Almamy Traore barreled him over from behind looking to defend a ball over the top. The Brazilian buried the spot-kick for a 2-0 lead.

Monaco erased the clean sheet with a free-kick goal in the 89th minute, assisted by a very heavy deflection off the back of Kylian Mbappe and into the top-right corner. It wasn’t enough though, as Monaco could only muster two shots on target all match. PSG was somewhat wasteful, but deserved to win as they held 66% possession and peppered Danijel Subasic’s goal with 18 shots, five on target.

PSG’s lead at the top of the table now sits at nine points, with Lyon moving into second after a 5-0 win over Nice put them level with AS Monaco on points and moved them above in goal differential. Monaco drops back into third, with Marseille a point back of them in fourth after beating Guingamp 1-0.