PARIS (AFP) - Guy Lacombe's resurgent Monaco side threw a spanner into Paris Saint Germain's drive for league honours this season with a dramatic 2-0 win in the Principality on Sunday.
South Korean Chu Young Park opened the scoring with a fine solo effort in the 85th minute and Brazilian midfield partner Nene added a second barely three minutes later as PSG went into meltdown and finished the match a man down.
In a lively first half for both sides Ludovic Giuly first came closest to opening the score for the visitors when he headed Ceara's cross and forced Stephane Ruffier into a great diving save.
Six minutes later, on 22 minutes, Jeremy Clement ran on to a loose ball at the edge of the Monaco area and unleashed a fierce drive that had Ruffier scrambling to save.
Djimi Traore then tested Monaco keeper Gregory Coupet with a rebound following a corner, and then Park saw his low drive from all of 25 metres saved by the PSG keeper on 26 minutes.
Nene then almost found himself with the perfect chance to put the hosts ahead when a lob totally found the PSG defence napping but Coupet anticipated well to come out and grab the ball to safety.
Alejandro Alonso then saw his 25-metre drive sail just wide of Coupet's goal and another floated effort moments later forced the former France keeper to come out and punch the ball away.
Monaco dominated for the remainder of the first half but after the interval both sides failed to produce the same fireworks and it took until the 68th minute for a sniff of a goal to emerge.
Peguy Luyindula sprung a counter-attack and carried the ball deep into Monaco territory where defender Cedric Mongongu's superb tackle dispossessed the PSG forward.
Barely seven minutes later the match was temporarily halted by the referee following the throwing of flares on to the pitch by fans, resuming a few minutes later and going on to become even more dramatic.
Park, launched by Alonso on a threatening counter-attack, then rounded Traore before unleashing a low angled drive that beat Coupet in the PSG goal.
Luyindula missed a great chance to level a minute later when his header from Christophe Jallet's cross just shaved Ruffier's goalpost.
But Monaco virtually ended the match in the 88th minute when Alonso turned provider again, this time for Nene who beat Coupet with a great left-footed long range strike.
Sessegnon then saw red for a vicious lunge on Adriano, the referee immediately sending the PSG midfielder off.
The result means PSG remain fifth on 10 points from five games with Monaco two places further adrift on nine points.
Leaders Bordeaux, on 13 points, lead former seven-times winners Lyon on goal difference after their 1-0 win over Grenoble on Saturday.
Earlier Sunday struggling Auxerre grabbed their first win of the new campaign thanks a 2-0 home win against Nice that moved them up two places from 19th and second last to 17th.
Rennes beat Saint Etienne 1-0 to secure sixth place in the league, leaving Alain Perrin's 'Verts' side, with only one win from five games, second from bottom above Grenoble.
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