In a practically full Louis-II with a real big-match atmosphere, the match started at a lightning pace. Within seconds of the kick-off, Kurzawa dribbled his way down the left and delivered a good cross into the middle. Silva met the ball with a diving header that zipped just wide of Enyeama's right-hand post. Shortly before the quarter-hour mark, it was Dirar's turn to go close. From a delightful pass from Moutinho down the middle, the Moroccan controlled the ball in the area and shot at goal from point-blank range, but Enyeama was able to turn his effort behind for a corner.
Quality and desire
The Red & Whites were dominating possession and giving Lille no time on the ball. In the 20th minute, the referee played the advantage as AS Monaco looked to counter following a bad foul on Toulalan in the midfield. The move ended with a fine shot by Cavaleiro from the edge of the penalty area that skimmed the outside of the right-hand post. The home side were convinced the foul merited a booking, but Benoit Millot kept his cards in his pocket. Barely five minutes later, Cavaleiro played a found the overlapping Kurzawa with a reverse pass, and Carrillo was inches away from diverting the full-back's drilled a cross into the net... Just before half-time, Joao Moutinho tried his luck from a free-kick 25 yards out. The Portuguese midfielder got behind it well, but Enyeama made the save and deflected the ball behind for a corner.
Kurzawa forced off
Kurzawa had enjoyed a superb first 45 both defensively and going forward, but picked up a knock and was forced to withdraw in the 48th minute. The injury forced Leonardo Jardim to reshuffle his side completely, with Martial going to the left, Cavaleiro switching to the right, Dirar slotting in at right-back and Fabinho moving across to the left-back position. Lille quickly looked to take advantage through Guillaume, who carved out two good chances that were both saved by Subasic.
More bad luck
Though still well on top, the Red & Whites were struggling to find space against a well-marshalled Lille defence. And the home side suffered another blow in the 66th minute when Moutinho, who was feeling the effects of a bad foul by Obbadi minutes earlier, was forced off to be replaced by Wallace. The substitution prompted another tactical reorganisation by Leonardo Jardim, with Fabinho moving forward, Raggi going to left-back and Wallace slotting into central defence.
A difficult end to the match
A 75th minute header from Carvalho reignited AS Monaco hopes of breaking the deadlock, but Enyeama produced a save from nowhere to rescue LOSC. The visitors had the better of the closing stages, creating several dangerous openings, including a Civelli header from a corner that flew inches past Subasic's left-hand post. Ultimately, Monegasque dominance and fine chances were not enough. The injuries to Kurzawa and Moutinho forced Leonardo Jardim to reshuffle his team just when they were on top and playing well. And the Lille defence did the rest… Next up for AS Monaco is the crucial clash with Valencia on Wednesday evening.