PSG score 5 past hapless Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain surged to a four-point lead at the summit of Ligue 1 with a scintillating 5-2 triumph over Monaco at the Parc des Princes, securing their sixth consecutive league victory under Luis Enrique’s leadership.

The clash between the league’s top two scorers didn’t disappoint, with none of the previous 12 league head-to-head encounters witnessing a goalless first half. Monaco’s apparent opening goal by Vanderson was disallowed for offside, and PSG swiftly capitalized as Gonçalo Ramos pounced on a Philipp Köhn error from Ousmane Dembélé’s shot, granting PSG an early lead.

The match remained an intense back-and-forth affair. A rare blunder from PSG’s goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, saw Takumi Minamino capitalize on a pass and equalize for Monaco. However, Monaco’s defensive vulnerabilities away from home were exposed once again when Soungoutou Magassa fouled Dembélé in the box, resulting in a penalty converted by Kylian Mbappé, marking his 14th goal in Ligue 1 this season.

Dembélé transitioned from provider to scorer in the second half, netting his first goal of the campaign, extending PSG’s lead to 3-1. Moments later, Vitinha’s exquisite long-range strike found the net before Folarin Balogun swiftly pulled one back for Monaco. Despite the quick goal exchange, PSG secured the win with Randal Kolo Muani adding a fifth deep into stoppage time.

The result highlighted Monaco’s struggles away from home, with just one win in their last six away league matches, leaving them trailing PSG by six points at the top of the French league standings.