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French league leaders PSG lose 3-0 to Monaco

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Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder, left, celebrates after scoring his team’s 3rd goal from a penalty kick during the Ligue 1 soccer match between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on Sunday, March 20, 2022 (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

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Paris Saint-Germain looked sluggish and listless on Sunday as the French league leaders crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Monaco, with Wissam Ben Yedder scoring twice.

After PSG’s exit from the Champions League in the round of 16 at the hands of Real Madrid, the poor performance at the Louis II Stadium will not appease the anger of the ultras who have called on sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to to leave.

With nine matches to play, PSG still have a 15-point lead at the top of the standings and remain on track to equal Saint-Etienne’s record of 10 French league titles. Monaco moved up to seventh place.

PSG enjoyed possession but were largely toothless in attack and the hosts deservedly took the lead on 25 minutes after Youssouf Fofana opened up space on the right flank and crossed the ball for Ben Yedder.

Back to goal, the French striker grabbed the ball and sent it into the back of the net with a subtle kick with the outside of his foot.

Monaco could have entered the break with a bigger lead but missed a few more chances before the break.

PSG’s first real chance came in the 51st minute when Kylian Mbappé took advantage of Neymar’s through pass to penetrate the box before missing his shot.

Substitute Kevin Volland replaced Gelson Martins and immediately made an impact to beat PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from close range at the end of a well-executed collective move in the 68th minute.

Yedder made it 3-0 six minutes from the penalty spot following Presnel Kimpembe’s reckless tackle from behind on Volland. Donnarumma managed to parry the striker’s kick, but the ball bounced into the net.

PSG were without Lionel Messi, who was ruled out with flu-like symptoms. As well as the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, PSG were also without Sergio Ramos, Angel di María, Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa and Ander Herrera.

Trailing PSG and chasing second place, Marseille and Nice later played at the Stade Vélodrome.

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