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Kylian Mbappe roast Monaco defence… before PSG throw away two-goal lead to lose thriller against Ligue 1 rivals

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KYLIAN MBAPPE notched a searing solo goal of the type few could rival –  before PSG lost from 2-0 up in a way few could have imagined.

The France striker struck twice but VAR ruled out further first-half goals from him and Moise Kean for offside, then Monaco roared back to end PSG’S eight-game winning run in Ligue 1.

Kylian Mbappe returned to the PSG side with a blistering run and opening goal on his way to a first-half double but had a hat-trick strike ruled out
Kylian Mbappe returned to the PSG side with a blistering run and opening goal on his way to a first-half double but had a hat-trick strike ruled out Credit: AFP or licensors

But Mbappe’s 25th minute opener was the moment of peerless pace, consummate control and fierce finishing that showed why he is the hottest tip to become the world’s top player in the next few years.

Fed by Angel Di Maria midway inside the Monaco half, he blitzed past a challenge that would have sent most players off-stride and measured a high finish past ex-Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone.

Even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at their peak nimbleness of half a decade ago would have struggled to match that strike for scorching directness.

And it answered any doubts over Mbappe’s sharpness on his return from a thigh injury picked up against Nantes on October 31, while frontpartner Neymar is still out with an adductor problem.

World Cup winner Mbappe, 21, bagged his second of the night at his old club with a penalty after Youssouf Fofana brought down Rafinha.

Monaco playmaker Cesc Fabregas celebrates after completing the home side's second-half comeback from 2-0 down with a late penalty winner

Monaco playmaker Cesc Fabregas celebrates after completing the home side’s second-half comeback from 2-0 down with a late penalty winner Credit: EPA

Kylian Mbappe must have thought it was his night as he salutes his superb first goal, but after he soon made it 2-0 it all went downhill for PSG
Kylian Mbappe must have thought it was his night as he salutes his superb first goal, but after he soon made it 2-0 it all went downhill for PSG Credit: AFP or licensors

But video replays soon erased a goal from co-hitman Kean, on loan from Everton, and Mbappe suffered the same fate just before the break.

Monaco then turned PSG’s VAR-wrecked spell into far-fetched hell – with a scintillating second-half turnaround

Germany winger Kevin Volland shot home twice from close range, his equaliser courtesy of a Cesc Fabregas cross.

PSG centre back Abdou Diallo then saw red for fouling Volland to concede a spot-kick.

And from that 87th minute penalty former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Fabregas calmly tucked home Monaco’s winner.

Defeat still leaves champions PSG four points clear of second-placed Monaco, whose victory overhauled Lille, Marseille and Rennes.

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