PSG lose again to Monaco on eve of Bayern Munich visit

Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder, left, scores his side's 3rd goal during a French League One soccer match between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
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MONACO (AP) — A weakened Paris Saint-Germain lost a second straight game in all competitions to Monaco 3-1 in the French league on Saturday, three days before facing Bayern Munich.

Monaco climbed to second place, seven points behind a rattled PSG.

Undefeated in all competitions from August to December, PSG has become fragile. It lost to Lens and Rennes in the league last month and was knocked out by Marseille in the last 16 of the French Cup on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe were out injured but Neymar played.

Bayern comes on Tuesday for the first leg in the Champions League round of 16.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice for Monaco. His blocked shot rebounded for Aleksandr Golovin to beat PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the fourth minute.

Ben Yedder doubled the lead in the 18th as Monaco pressed high up the pitch. Krepin Diatta dispossessed El Chadaille Bitshiabu and Ben Yedder buried an angled strike into the far corner.

Teenage midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery pulled one back for PSG by tapping home a low cross from Juan Bernat in the 39th.

But Ben Yedder restored Monaco’s two-goal lead moments before halftime with a curling shot off the post. He tied Reims striker Folarin Balogun as the top scorer in the league with 14.

Donnarumma prevented PSG being in a bigger hole by halftime. He parried a close-range header from Ruben Aguilar and denied Golovin, who was clean through on goal.

Monaco managed the game in the second half and Donnarumma saved a low effort from substitute Takumi Minamino in stoppage time.

Marseille could take back second place when it visited Clermont later Saturday.