Monaco failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage on Wednesday after drawing (2-2 after extra time and losing 1-0 in the first leg) against Shakhtar in the second leg. The Rock Club, which can fuel deep regret after missing several scoring opportunities, is moving to the European League.
Before the meeting, Niko Kovac promised: “You will see the ASM from last season.” This Wednesday, in the Champions League second leg against Shakhtar, ASM at least halted its losing streak. But that’s nothing compared to the terrible disappointment of C1’s elimination that The Rock, who conceded a 2-2 draw in extra time (defeat 1-0 in the first leg), will be seen on TV. Faced with the match scenario, it’s hard to believe that qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League would be able to ease the pain.
Decisive from the start of the meeting, Monaco had reset all the counters to zero in the 18th minute, when Kevin Volland, who ran on the left side, launched a powerful blow in the area. The German’s attempt, rejected by Andrej Pyatov in full, was followed by Wissam Ben Yedder who seemed to hit the shot at the Chkhtar goalkeeper with a shot from the left flank and opened the scoring (0-1). The veteran Ukrainian (37), who replaced the in-form Anatoly Tropin (20) in the first leg but was injured in this chopper match, had already given way.
Ben Yedder double in the first half
Just under twenty minutes later, Benoit Badiachel thought he was doubling down, but the Monaco defender saw his recovery with a free kick sent by Aleksandr Golovin to the Ukrainian post. In the process, a new attack from Club Rocher hit the mark this time. After a stumble on the left side, Caio Henrique gave Caviar to Wissam Ben Yedder, well positioned at the far post to hold two goals (0-2, 39).
The contract was already fulfilled for ASM and then de facto eligible for C1, even if Niko Kovac’s men return to the locker room with some face-to-face regret that Wissam Ben Yedder missed in extra time from the first period. At 45+1, the France international already missed a quick hat-trick when he hit his ball a lot in front of Andrej Pyatov, who was out to meet him.
Monaco is a “victim” of the abolition of the guest goal rule
Especially since Monaco realized they were more vulnerable with the removal of the away goal rule, as it was enough for Shakhtar to score one goal to send everyone into overtime. After the break, Monaco suffered a little more, while they remained formidable in the transition.
In the 65th minute, it was on a high recovered ball that Wissam Ben Yedder entered into a new duel to negotiate against Andrej Pyatov. But the Monegasque striker again missed a ball for his small sting and lost a duel against the experienced Shakhtar goalkeeper.
And what should have happened… Due to many missed opportunities, Monaco was finally penalized with the Ukrainians’ first shot on target. In the 74th minute, Marlos was at the conclusion of a very nice attacking move from Roberto de Zerbe’s men and did not leave any chance for Alexander Noble by putting his shot into the small net of the Monaco goalkeeper.
Despite the heavy blow that followed this score reduction, Monaco had two huge chips to kill the match before extra time. Lone in front of goal after a cross from the right, Kevin Volland, from close range, was blocked for the first time by an unlikely return from Marlon. A few seconds later, the German presented himself again single-handedly at a closed angle in front of the Ukrainian goalkeeper, who had a strong hand to block the Monaco cross and put in a superb display for himself.
So the playoffs were played in an unbreathable, closed stretch. Over the past 30 minutes, opportunities have become increasingly scarce, even if the omnipresent (and clumsy) Kevin Voland continues to sin on the last nod by forcing him frequently for a shot in the area (ranked 104).
Aguilar, a very cruel target
At the end of the match, success chose his camp in a rather harsh way for Monaco. On the block, Mykhaylo Mudryk on the left scrambled into the center of the defence. The Ukrainian pass, which was blocked by Ruben Aguilar, then flew through the air and Alexander Nobel was helpless in the face of such bad luck. The Principality Club will never recover…
RB Salzburg and Sheriff Tiraspol also sought to qualify for the Champions League. The Austrian, 2-1 winner in the first leg, beat Brondby with the same score in the Danish club’s garden. Triumphant 3-0 in the first leg at home, the surprise Moldovan Tiraspol team managed to beat Dinamo Zagreb’s meadow (0-0).
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