Monaco (AFP) – Monaco regained two goals behind against Lille (2-2) at Stade Louis II on Friday night in the opening day of the 14th, but failed to win and, like its rival, treads the water in L1.
Thanks to the seventh goal in L1 this season by Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco’s saver after being once again off the bench, the principality’s players limited the damage after leading 2-0 and were rocked by a very good Jonathan David, duo composer.
However, if the meeting is good, and before their European meeting, against Salzburg in C1 Tuesday for the night and Real Sociedad in C3 on Thursday for Monaco, neither of the two squads can be satisfied with one point.
Monaco, with 19 points (two points in three days) and Lille on 17 points (three in five days), will lose more ground to the two teams seeking a place in next season’s Champions League.
Accordingly, coaches Niko Kovac and Jocelyn Jorvenic are obligated to make up for these lost points respectively against Strasbourg (Sunday) and Nantes (Saturday) during the fifteenth day.
Meanwhile, the first forty minutes were a nightmare for captain Axel Desasi and his teammates. He was caught by a very aggressive Lil who, despite being a national holiday, quickly cornered the goalpost.
Serbia international centre-back Strahinja Pavlovic had to throw himself at Zika’s foot in an attempt to block his shot. The result: a penalty kick and a yellow card for the Serbian.
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Having just returned from Canada, Jonathan David did not hesitate to score his ninth goal of the season (0-1, 5).
Confused, Monaco was once again surprised so quickly. Full pivot, in Diallo’s long opener, David, untenable, let his opponents score his 10th goal in L1, between Alexander Noble’s legs (0-2, 9).
Kovac’s men completely stopped standing, and then several times passed near the reformatory. But Nübel was excellent in two singles matches, ahead of Jonathan Ikone (12) and David (39).
These two exploits kept Monaco alive. Especially since Red and White are beginning to experience some attacks (Boadu, 21 and 29). Shortly before the break, Krebin Diatta gave his family some hope after the victorious kick from the left into the near goal bludgeoned Ivo Grbic (1-2, 41).
If at the end of the half, the affected Senegalese had to make way for Gelson Martins in the first half, Monaco kept pushing.
With training from a very good Sofiane Diop, cannon and accelerator, Monaco created some chances. First, Gallo saved his streak after a cunning gesture from Kevin Volland (49). Next, Martins (55th), Desasi (66th), Voland (74th) and Aurelien Chuamini (76th) tried it out. Until Wissam Ben Yedder, who had just entered the match in place of disappointing Myron Boadaux (72), took the reins.
Served by Voland, the international, with a good recovery, beat Grbic, still weak in his closed team (2-2, 83), and allowed Monaco not to lose.
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