Winner of Real Sociedad (2-1) this Thursday, AS Monaco made a double blow by ensuring its qualification in the knockout stages of the Europa League and first place in group B even before the last day.
Ben Yedder, Fofana and ASM qualified for the round of 16.
Despite the elimination of Olympique de Marseille a little earlier, there will be two French clubs in the round of 16 of the Europa League! After Olympique Lyonnais, AS Monaco validated their ticket by offering themselves the scalp of Real Sociedad (2-1) this Thursday on the occasion of the 5th day of group B.
Failing to shine in the game, the ASM struck a big blow by biting the dust on an opponent who had been undefeated since August 15! The first place of the hen is also assured.
Disputed on a false pace, the start of the game was not exciting with the Basques who had the ball but who struggled to accelerate to destabilize the somewhat timid Mongasques. Endangered by a fortunately badly dosed strike from Januzaj, Niko Kovac’s men still managed to exist on high recoveries. On one of them, the premises were talking about their efficiency and Volland opened the scoring point blank after a one-two between Ben Yedder and Golovin (1-0, 28 ‘).
Fofana responds to tit for tat!
The princely club was going through a tough time and it took a decisive double stop by Ryan in front of Ben Yedder to save the visitors. This did not prevent the ASM from being surprised behind his back on a deep pass from Januzaj for Isak who mystified a hesitant Nbel to equalize (1-1, 35 ‘). But the 2017 French champion did not doubt for long and Fofana gave him back the advantage of the head on a free kick (2-1, 37th)!
Monaco bends without breaking
After this superb reaction, however, the ASM began to undergo a lot again in the second period. Real besieged the princely camp, but Nbel deflected Isak’s cross strike with his fingertips, then Fofana saved the furniture in front of Oyarzabal. The Mongasques then breathed better at the end and Boadu then Volland had the break point but missed it. Despite the stupid expulsion of the excellent Fofana for a bad gesture (89th) and a final fright on a missed shot from Oyarzabal, the ASM held its advantage, and its ticket, until the end of the 6 minutes of added time .
The score of the match: 4.5 / 10
Despite the great atmosphere set by the Basque supporters, we saw a rather disappointing game with the Spaniards who dominated but who lacked a touch of madness. For its part, apart from a highlight after the first goal, Monaco struggled to offer anything other than counters.
The goals :
– Fofana recovers the ball in the midfield and transmits Golovin who initiates the block before leaning on Ben Yedder who puts him back in the box. The Russian crosses low for Volland, interlayer between Zalda and Elustondo, who concludes with a knee from close range (1-0, 28 ‘).
– From midfield, Januzaj throws Isak deep between Maripanet Badiashile. The Sudois adjusts Nbel, who hesitated to get out, with a dive (1-1, 35 ‘).
– On a free kick on the left side, Diop found Badiashile who returned to the near post where Fofana won in the air and concluded with a head point blank (2-1, 37 ‘).
Maxifoot has awarded a score (out of 10) comments on each player.
Man of the match: Youssouf Fofana (7/10)
From the head, the midfielder has finally scored his first goal with ASM and it is worth a lot! And rewards a big service. In the absence of Tchouamni, the former Strasbourg player indeed shone in the midfield with many recoveries of the ball, including the one that leads to the opening of the scoring. Author also of an important rescue in the second period, he could however have spoiled everything with his stupid expulsion at the end of the meeting.
Alexander Nbel (4): it is clearly not tonight that the goalkeeper will have reassured the skeptics. Author of a guilty hesitation (he is certainly not the only one at fault) on the opposing goal, the German sometimes lacked authority in his interventions and one of his failed raises could have cost dearly before the break. A rather disappointing record, therefore, despite his stoppage against Isak in the second period.
Djibril Sidib (5): after contributing Ryan early in the game, the right side focused on defensive tasks and the Habs did rather well in their lane.
Guillermo Maripn (4,5): still as solid in the duels, the central defender signs in particular an important return at the end of the first period. But the Chilean has sometimes suffered due to his lack of speed and his poor alignment partially score the opposing goal. Very early warned in a stupid way.
B. Badiashile (5.5): he is also not free from all reproach on the goal conceded because he leaves too much space Isak. The rest of the time, the central defender will however have largely held the house and notably catches up with a failed exit from Nbel. Also decisive passer for Fofana. Injured and replaced the 68th minute with Axel Disasi (non not).
Caio Henrique (6): accustomed to shine offensively, the left side has this time enjoyed … on the defensive level. Very busy on his side at the start of the game, the Brazilian showed a lot of concentration and rigor to repel the opposing assaults.
Sofiane Diop (5): his free kick which brought the second goal and his defensive involvement saved the game from the attacking midfielder. Indeed, starting early in the game, the Bleuet had difficulty offering its usual percussion. Replace the 76th minute with Myron Boadu (non not).
Youssouf Fofana (7): read the comment above.
Jean Lucas (5): the Brazilian was a fairly effective sidekick for Fofana. The midfielder also provided valuable work in pressing and recovery but with a lower volume of play than his colleague and a little less precision too.
Aleksandr Golovin (6): ghostly at the start of the game, the attacking midfielder then got out of his box and we found him with the baton, fair and inspired on most occasions in Mongolia, the image of his decisive pass for Volland. A good match even if it has sometimes disappeared from circulation, the consequence also of the physiognomy of the game and the opposing domination. Defensively involved. Replace the 90th + 1 minute with Chrislain Matsima (non not).
Kevin Volland (6): the attacker did not have many balls to exploit but he hit the mark in his first real situation by tearing between two defenders. Behind, the German ran a lot, often in a vacuum, and was less successful on his second attempt late in the game. Replace the 90th + 1 minute with Eliot Matazo (non not).
Wissam Ben Yedder (5.5): holder for the first time this season in the Europa League, the captain combined well with Golovin on the action of the goal. A few minutes later, the attacker has a break point but Ryan defeats him twice. He will have had few balloons used the rest of the time. Replace the 76th minute with Gelson Martins (non not).
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Mathew Ryan (5): beaten point blank, the goalkeeper can not do much on the two goals conceded. The Australian responded now the rest of the time with two important saves in front of Ben Yedder to prevent the 2-0.
Joseba Zalda (5): author of an important counter in his area at the start of the game, the right side was quite restless at the start of the game. But he was warned before the break and replaced the 46th minute with the most impactful Andoni Gorosabel (5.5), leading on his ball catches.
Aritz Elustondo (3): a dirty night for the central defender, beaten in a duel by Fofana on goal and who did not always clear a great serenity, the image of a dangerous ball lost at the start of the game.
Robin Le Normand (5): without shining especially, the Frenchman was one of the strongest defenders of his team and he only needed a few centimeters to equalize at the end of the game.
Ahien Muoz (4.5): the left side showed his advantage in the offensive register and he served Januzaj well, but he gradually lacked defensive rigor over the game and was surprised on 2nd base.
Mikel Merino (5): Mixed game for the midfielder. On the one hand, the Spanish international slipped a few passing loves, as he knows the secret, but he also struggled against the Mongolian pressing and lost dangerous balls. Replace the 66th minute with Beat Turrientes (non not).
Martn Zubimendi (6): author of an important rescue from the first minutes, the midfielder showed a lot of intelligence to plug the gaps. Solid in the duels, he played fair.
David Silva (3): eagerly awaited, the former Manchester City player missed out on his match without having the hoped-for influence on his team’s play, possession overall too sterile. Exit at half-time and replaced the 46th minute with A. Barrenetxea (5.5), who had fire in his legs during the first few minutes after his entry but then fell back in line.
Mikel Oyarzabal (5): quite erased in the first period, the captain of Real came out of his box during the second act, offering more percussion, but Fofana against it on his biggest occasion.
Alexander Isak (6): author of the equalizing goal, the attacker played the shot perfectly against Nbel. With his calls and his qualities of conservation of the ball, the Sudois forced the Mongacian defense to watch it like fuel on the fire. Replace the 73rd minute with Alexander Srloth (non not).
Adnan Januzaj (6): the winger was the most prominent player at the start of the match and the Belgian took advantage of the spaces left by the ASM defense to bring danger but he misses the frame on his biggest opportunity . He then throws Isak superbly on goal before lowering his footing in the second period. Replace the 75th minute with Haven (not not).
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MONACO 2-1 REAL SOCIEDAD (mi-tps: 2-1) – EUROPA LEAGUE – Group B (Monaco) / 5th day
Stadium: Stade Louis II, Fontvieille – Referee: Ivan Kruzliak, Slovakia
Buts : K. Volland (28th) Y. Fofana (38th) for MONACO – A. Isak (35th) for REAL SOCIEDAD
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