There was a cracking atmosphere at a three-quarters full Stade Louis-II for the kick-off in this opening fixture of the Ligue 1 season. The crowd were in full voice, and their spirits weren't even dampened when the visitors took an early lead through Aboubakar. There were barely eight minutes on the clock when the Lorient striker was felled by Abdennour inside the area, and after dusting himself off, he duly slotted the penalty past Subasic to make it 1-0. Monaco were undaunted and gradually began to impose themselves on the game, but they were forced to wait until the 26th minute for their first real opening, Lecomte parrying a downward header from Berbatov.
- Wachter has a scare
In the 30th minute, the Lorient 'keeper kept out another header from Kurzawa, who failed to get enough power on his effort. Moments later, Leonardo Jardim opted to make a tactical change, sending on Germain in place of Bakayoko in an effort to give his team more cutting edge. But it was Lorient who looked the more dangerous, with Sunu firing a free-kick straight into the wall (39 mins). Just before the break it was heart in mouth time for Wachter, as he deflected a Moutinho corner past Lecomte and against his own post, but the visiting side managed to make it to half-time with their slender lead intact.
- Lecomte's night
After the break, AS Monaco came out looking determined to attack at every opportunity. But unfortunately for them, Lecomte was having a superb night. First he pushed away a header from Berbatov (49 mins), before producing a great pair of saves to deny Ferreira and Carrasco (54 and 55 mins)! Germain then wasted a fine chance to equalise, screwing wide after a perfect pull-back from Kurzawa (58 mins). Around the hour mark, Leonardo Jardim unleashed his talisman, Falcao replacing Ocampos. It was a last roll of the dice, but as they committed more men forward in search of the leveller, Monaco began to leave gaps at the back, and Carvalho picked up a second yellow on 68 mins to leave the home side with a mountain to climb.
- Falcao equalises, Lavigne claims the spoils
Despite the red card, the ten men of Monaco remained firmly on the offensive. Lecomte pushed another Berbatov header behind for a corner (70 mins), but when the Bulgarian was fouled in the area on 77 mins, the impressive Lorient stopper was helpless to prevent Falcao slotting home from the penalty spot. Suddenly right back in it, the Red & Whites scented victory and went in search of a second, but on 87 minutes they were caught cold by a fine Lorient counter attack. Lavigne, who had only just come on for the visitors, got away from the home defence and drilled the ball low past Subasic. It proved a decisive blow, one a tiring Monaco side were unable to come back from, and at the final whistle FC Lorient claimed their first ever win at the Stade Louis-II. Leonardo Jardim will be expecting a response from his team in the next fixture, away to Bordeaux…