It was an evening that required mental resilience. Having gone behind to a first half goal at Anderlecht, AS Monaco dug deep to equalise and earn a precious point in the opening game of their Europa League campaign.
The evening did not get off to the most auspicious of starts, as the Belgians punished their opponents on one of their first raids in Monegasque territory. After a good left-wing cross, Guillaume Gillet found himself in space and slotted the ball past Danijel Subasic with a first-time shot (11 mins).
AS Monaco were rattled for a few minutes after that strike, but recovered to mount a series of assaults on Silvio Proto's goal, through Fabinho (19 mins), Coentrao (27 mins), Raggi (36 mins) and Bernardo Silva (41 mins), whose well-placed shot lacked the power to trouble the Anderlecht 'keeper.
The second half was a much trickier proposition for the Monegasques, however, as this time Anderlecht laid siege to their goal. First Tielemans and then Suarez came within inches of bagging a second for the Belgians (53, 56 mins).
Lacina makes the difference
In the meantime, Leonardo Jardim played his first ace in the shape of Lacina Traoré, and it proved to be a decisive change as the substitute went on a penetrating run before setting up El Shaarawy (61 mins), before producing a superb header that was well held by Proto (72 mins)... Lasso's perseverence finally paid off in the 85th minute. After a shot from the Pharaoh was scrambled away by the Anderlecht 'keeper, the Monaco n°19 popped up to head the ball into the net and draw his side level (1-1)!
Thank you Suba
In stoppage time right at the death, Danijel Subasic came to AS Monaco's rescue with a stunning reflex double save. In the end, a point apiece was a fair result. It means Tottenham, who cruised to a home win over Qarabag, go straight to the top of Group J.