It didn't take long for AS Monaco FC to create the first opening of the match thanks to a Falcao shot, well held by Lopez. Against a defensive Lyon outfit, Les Rouge et Blanc quickly took control of operations. In the 17th minute, Ferreira Carrasco tried his luck, but his shot flew over the crossbar. The young Belgian then sent across an excellent ball that coul'nt find any takers in the 23rd minute. Four minutes later after a foul by Grenier on Moutinho, James sent the ball into the area. Lopez punched clear, but only as far as Obbadi who sent his effort flying into the top corner to open the scoring with his first goal for AS Monaco FC in an official match.
Number 8 for Falcao
Despite a scare when Subasic miscontrolled in front of Briand, that Kurzawa had to mop up, in the 34th minute, it was Monaco that continued to attack. A long clearance by Kurzawa was flicked on by Moutinho, which saw Falcao race clear. The Colombian beat the advancing 'keeper with a stunning, trademark chip. Just before the break, Subasic made a brilliant save to deny Briand, which saw Les Rouge et Blanc head to the break two goals to the good.
Gomis gets OL back in the game
After the restart, James wowed the fans at the Louis II with some delightful skill that forced Lyon into a series of fouls. Just before the hour mark, the Colombian playmaker sent a powerful shot just over Lopes' goal. While Monaco's early domination in the second half was reassuring, Bafetimbi Gomis' headed goal just after the hour mark was anything but (61'). Moments later, Falcao fell in the Lyon penalty box, but referee Mr. Duhamel saw no foul. OL's counterattack saw Subasic come charging out of his box to clear the danger and the ball fell to Abidal who tried to lob the Lyon 'keeper, but failed to hit the target (64').
YFC hits the post!
AS Monaco FC's biggest chance of the second half came in the 66th minute. Falcao perfectly played in Ferreira Carrasco who shot came back of the base of the left-hand upright! Despite a number of substitutions, the rhythm remained high. Briand missed a great chance from a Malbranque cross in the 79th minute, before Lopes had to save from a Falcao header in the 81st. The nit was Toulalan who went close to scoring, but his volley flew wide (82'). It was the last real chance of the match, deservedly won by AS Monaco FC, despite a more even second period. With two points more than third-placed Lille and on the back of 11 matches without defeat, Les Rouge et Blanc head to France's north in a week's time.