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Monaco inflict first defeat on Unai Emery as Paris Saint-Germain manager

João Moutinho celebrates opening the scoring for Monaco against Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty ImagesJoão Moutinho celebrates opening the scoring for Monaco against Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Unai Emery lost for the first time as Paris Saint-Germain manager as the current champions suffered an early defeat in defence of the Ligue 1 title, losing 3-1 to Monaco.

First-half goals from João Moutinho and Fabinho put Monaco in control and, after Edison Cavani had offered PSG hope, a Serge Aurier own-goal sealed victory for the home side, who moved joint top with Nice and Guingamp.

The visitors made a sluggish start and soon found themselves trailing to Monaco when Moutinho expertly guided Djibril Sidibé’s delivery beyond Kevin Trapp from just inside the area.

Cavani had an opportunity to level when Aurier’s pass picked out the Uruguayan but his effort failed to find the target from an inviting position.

It was proving to be a first half of few chances but, after Bernardo Silva fired wide from a decent position, Monaco shocked Emery’s men with a second goal before the break.

David Luiz was to blame and, after the Brazilian defender hauled down Jemerson inside the area, Fabinho confidently stepped up to fire the ball beyond Trapp and give Monaco a two-goal lead at half-time.

PSG could easily have reduced the deficit 10 minutes after the restart when Cavani guided Lucas Moura’s delivery into Layvin Kurzawa’s path but the France international failed to find the target against his former employers.

The visitors did drag themselves back into the game with just over an hour played when Aurier’s back-post header from Marco Verratti’s header teed-up Cavani to score his first league goal of the season.

And Cavani could have levelled moments later but was denied after meeting the substitute Thomas Meunier’s delivery and then saw Adrien Rabiot fail to capitalise on the follow-up.

PSG continued to dominate and only a fine save from Danijel Subasice prevented Kurzawa from levelling after Cavani steered Ángel Di María’s pass into the defender’s path.

Then, against the run of play, Monaco restored their two-goal advantage when Sidibé’s cross cannoned off Aurier before nestling in the PSG goal beyond Trapp.

This article was first and originally published in theguardian.

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