Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco shared the points in an increasingly dull Ligue 1 encounter that finished 1-1.
PSG had the best of the opening stages and took the lead after Monaco failed to recognise the danger posed by Maxwell on the left wing. The Brazilian full-back had a number of chances to cross at the start of the match, and almost inevitably it was he who put in a cross for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to volley past Danijel Subasic in the Monaco goal, after just five minutes.
Ten minutes later PSG were dealt a blow when they were forced into an unwanted change. Thiago Silva, commanding in the opening stages, appeared to pull a hamstring as he headed a ball away and was replaced by Zoumana Camara.
PSG were noticeably less sure at the back from that point, and on the 20th minute, Monaco won a corner. Although Salvatore Sirigu punched it away, clearing any immediate danger, Joao Moutinho collected the ball on the left wing, and his inswinging cross was met at the near post by Radamel Falcao’s head to force the ball between Sirigu and his right-hand post.
The rest of the half was a largely even affair, but Ibrahimovic squandered two excellent chances. On the 37th minute, he put a free header well over, and four minutes later was set totally clear by Edinson Cavani's through-ball, only to dither for so long that he was forced into a mixture of useless cross and arrogant chip to the back post. It missed the goal and every other player.
Ibrahimovic continued his profligacy in the second half. Ezequiel Lavezzi did well to dispossess Eric Abidal on the left wing, squared the ball for the Swede, only for his left foot flick to hit his right boot and go inches wide. A similar error a few minutes later by PSG allowed Mounir Obbadi to volley a Fabinho cross wide of goal.
On the 60th minute, both sides made changes: Geoffrey Kondogbia replaced by James Rodriguez, and the impressive Lavezzi was surprisingly swapped for the winger, Lucas. Had Lavezzi, who had become increasingly influential on the left wing, not suffered an injury to his left knee, there is no chance PSG would have removed him by choice.
From there, the game petered out. Ibrahimovic offered intermittent spark, and Cavani even less. Monaco, for their part, began to rely on the counter-attacking of Rodriguez, who had little success on the right. The principality’s team were happy to settle for a point, and made their intentions obvious. With the exception of a late volley from Cavani, brilliantly blocked by the substitute Raggi, PSG did little to force the matter either.