It was the first big match of the Ligue 1 season and the first big test for AS Monaco. OM dominated the early exchanges and went ahead through Lucas Mendes. But the game changed in the second half. With Moutinho running the show in midfield, AS Monaco took control of the game. Falcao equalised before suffering a knock on his ankle. He was replaced by Emmanuel Rivière who, after a great pass from Joao Moutinho, fired home the winner ten minutes from the end. The R&B fans exulted, their team was top of the Ligue 1 standings...
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Falcao's equaliser commentated in Spanish and English.
The quote from Manu Rivière
"That coin brought good luck! It's good for the team, for the club, and it sees us sitting top of the table tonight." During a report for AS Monaco TV a few days earlier, the match winner had thrown a coin into the fountain at the Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
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A first for Joao Moutinho
A little injury just before the first match against Bordeaux had sidelined Joao Moutinho for the start of the campaign. Against OM, Joao Moutinho made his Ligue 1 debut. After a nervy start, he shone in the second half, being involved in Falcao's equaliser and providing the assist for Manu Rivière. Enough to put a smile on his face on the team coach after the game...
Jessy Pi in the deep end
The start of the game was marked by the groin strain suffered by Jérémy Toulalan in the opening minutes. He was replaced by academy graduate Jessy Pi, making his first appearance in the top flight. Without having warmed-up, he came on and immediately answered the challenge. He won't forget that match in a hurry!
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The joy of the R&B supporters
Having to wait for the stadium to be entirely emptied before they could leave the away fans end, the Monégasques fans sang on into the night !
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— Le 12eme homme (@le12emehomme) 2 Septembre 2013