Paris Saint-Germain vs. AS Monaco – Football match report – December 13, 2021

Paris Saint-Germain continued their march towards the Ligue 1 title when a brace from Kylian Mbappe earned them a 2-0 clinical victory at home against Monaco on Sunday.

Mbappe found the back of the net with a penalty and a precise strike in the first half to give the championship leaders 45 points in 18 games, 13 ahead of second-placed Marseille, who are one game short.

Monaco, who had scored three goals in each of their victories in the previous two games, are eighth with 26 points.

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They are one of six teams within six points to fight for second place, with Stade Rennais third with 31 points after their 2-1 loss at home to fourth-placed Nice.

“It might not have been brilliant but we killed him in the first half,” said Mbappe, who scored his ninth and 10th goals in 10 appearances against his former club.

“I can’t get sentimental. I love to play football and I love to score goals.”

At the Parc des Princes, Monaco started well with Sofiane Diop approaching when his attempt hit goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the second minute.

But it only took 12 minutes for PSG to take the lead as Mbappe converted a penalty after Angel Di Maria was knocked down by Djibril Sidibe.

PSG once again relied on Mbappe to double the total at the end of a fierce counterattack, with the French striker shooting the ball into the far corner after being set up by Di Maria for his ninth league goal of the season.

PSG full-back Juan Bernat injured his thigh and was replaced in the 51st minute by Thilo Kehrer.

Lionel Messi had the opportunity to conclude in the 71st minute, but his cross shot went right off.

He had a chance again with 10 minutes remaining, but his chip was also off target in a relatively disappointing performance from the former Barcelona player.

Monaco had a few opportunities to reduce their arrears, but PSG remained calm to claim their first victory in three Ligue 1 games after two draws.

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