After a minute's applause in tribute to the victims of this week's attacks in France, the two teams got the final game of Ligue 1 matchday 20 under way. The visitors were the first to threaten inside two minutes, and Subasic had to be at his best to turn away a shot from Touré. A minute later, Carrasso managed to get himself in the way of a point-blank effort from Ocampos.
Contento to the rescue for the Girondins
With 12 minutes gone, Planus was penalised for a handball just outside the area, but Sertic blocked Moutinho's free kick. After ten minutes of pressure from the home side, Bordeaux began to loosen AS Monaco's stranglehold on proceedings, and it took until the half-hour mark before the next chance came along. A near-post header from Ocampos that Contento cleared off his line was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock. The Bordeaux response came in the 38th minute, with a Touré shot that was held by Subasic. The scoreline remained goalless at the end of an entertaining first half.
The Monaco substitutes were already out and warming up as the second period got under way. Among them was Berbatov, who had been out of action since the game against FC Zenit back on 9 December. Within a quarter-hour of the restart, two minutes after replacing Ocampos, the Bulgarian was in action in the penalty area but saw his effort palmed away by Pallois. Sertic then tried a pot shot from somewhat further out, but couldn't keep his strike down. Berbatov was back in the thick of things in the 69th minute as his volley was put behind for a corner, before sending a header narrowly wide on 70 minutes. Despite being very much in the ascendancy in the second half, the Monegasques just could not pick open the tight Bordeaux defence. < nbr />
Big chance for Bordeaux
With the final fifteen minutes approaching, Germain was sent on in place of Martial to provide fresh legs up front for AS Monaco, and the Red & Whites' n°18 was called on in the 79th minute with a long ball that he was unable to get onto. Two minutes later, Bordeaux came close to taking the lead on one of their rare attacks. After Touré's shot cannoned back off the post, Sala seized on the loose ball but contrived to miss with the goal gaping. On 87 minutes, Berbatov attempted to get on the end of a Fabinho cross, but was unable to direct his header. And that was to be the last chance of the evening, as the two sides played out a goalless stalemate that nonetheless kept AS Monaco ahead of their opponents in the Ligue 1 table. Next up for the Red & Whites are Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday, followed by Nantes in the league on Saturday...