A first L1 double for YFC
While it was Sochaux that had the first chance of the match when Raggi was forced into a last ditch tackle to deny Mayuka, it was ASM that opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Tisserand broke down the left and cut the ball back to James who, in turn, laid the ball into the path of Ferreira-Carrasco. Up against Pouplin, the Belgian sent the ball flying into the near top corner. And he was back at it five minutes later, intercepting an ill-advised back pass from Carlao to slot the ball beyong the hapless Pouplin. Two chances, two goals and a familiar sinking feeling for the fans in the Stade Bonal.
Monaco take their foot off the gas
Despite their difficult start, Les Sochaliens fought back with Mayuka and Dias both forcing Subasic into action (21', 27'). In the 28th minute, YFC picked out Falcao who, under pressure from Peybernes, couldn't get his shot on target. Then it was Tisserand's turn, but his header failed to catch out Pouplin. Just before the break YFC had another chance, but he was tackled in extremis by the retreating Peybernes. The half-time whistle blew just seconds after Roudet screwed an effort wide as Monaco saw their control of the match diminishing after a bright start...
Bakambu gets Sochaux back into it
The second half confirmed the trend. Les Rouge et Blanc were struggling to find their rhythm and Sochaux could sniff a comeback. Falcao denied a first goal for Sochaux with a great goal-line clearance in the 52nd minute but it only forestalled the inevitable, as four minutes later, Bakambu beat Subasic with a header at the back post from a corner. Sochaux had the wind at their backs and Subasic was called upon to deny a Dias free-kick that was heading into the top corner (59'). Subasic was at it again to stop a goal-bound effort from Mayuka in the 63rd minute.
Unfortunately, it was from another Sochaux corner that the home side managed to equalise. Lopy attacking the ball at the back post headed home the equaliser. Claudio Ranieri raised his voice on the sidelines but to no avail as there was no further change to the scoring. Les Asémistes remain undefeated after ten matches, but the draw leaves a bitter taste in the mouth given the scenario. Top of the table for the last five rounds, AS Monaco FC now find themselves two points behind Paris SG ahead of next week's match at home to Lyon.