Lyon were the faster out of the blocks as the match kicked off and threatened inside the first three minutes, as a Benzia cross flashed across the face of the Monaco goal. The Red & Whites were seeing little of the ball in the early stages. On 9 minutes, Subasic intervened to turn a Gourcuff shot behind for a corner, before Berbatov headed away the danger. The Monegasque 'keeper came to the rescue on the quarter-hour mark as he came out on top in a one-on-one with Fekir. After surviving those scares, AS Monaco then came within inches of opening the scoring themselves. Fabinho went on an overlapping run down the right and found the head of Berbatov, who sent the ball against Lopes' post (17 mins). The Bulgarian was then back in the action again almost immediately, setting up Silva whose shot from the edge of the penalty area flew off target (18 mins).
Bisevac and Raggi out
The AS Monaco machine was purring nicely now and Carrasco saw an effort blocked after creating a sight of goal in the box (23 mins). In the 26th minute, Fekir won a good free kick in a central position some 25 yards out. Subasic dived across to claw away the ensuing missile from Tolisso, before Benzia smacked a volley over the top (32 mins) and Dabo popped up with a long-range attempt that was deflected behind for a corner (34 mins). Before the break, both sides lost a centre-half to injury. Rose came on in place of Bisevac for OL, while Carvalho replaced Raggi for AS Monaco. In the closing stages of the opening half, the Red & Whites cranked up the pressure on the visitors' defence. Dirar saw two fine crosses cleared, and then Wallace put an effort wide from Carrasco's wide free-kick.
Moutinho's free kick too direct
As the teams came out for the second period, AS Monaco looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck and won an indirect free kick 30 yards out. Moutinho stepped up to take it and the ball went straight into the Lyon net with nobody getting a touch. Match referee Mr Millot ruled out the goal (50 mins), and shortly afterward refused a penalty for Carrasco, who had been pushed in the visitors' penalty area (53 mins). OL's response came on the hour mark as Gourcuff threaded a perfect through-ball for Fekir, who shot across Subasic but wide of the far post. On 70 minutes, Fabinho made a run into the Lyon box and went for goal, but Lopes got a firm hand to the Brazilian's effort. From that point the match settled into a clear pattern, with OL content to let their hosts have the ball and play on the break.
AS Monaco dominate the latter stages
There was little opportunity for any Lyon breaks as it turned out, as AS Monaco pressed their opponents high up the pitch. Martial, who had come on in place of Dirar, provided an injection of energy in the latter stages of the game. Linking up with Carrasco, he probed down the left flank and won two corners, both of which Lopes dealt with in the air. The OL defence creaked but held firm firm, with Berbatov's looping header dropping just wide on 89 minutes, and a deflection off Kurzawa sailing just over in added time. Although their performance deserved much more against the leaders, AS Monaco were ultimately forced to settle for a point that takes them level with St-Etienne. They also notched up an eighth consecutive match without defeat and without conceding a single goal. Danijel Subasic, who has not had to pick the ball out of his net for 791 minutes, now holds the longest unbeaten record of any Ligue 1 goalkeeper this season! Next up for the Monegasques is Wednesday's semi-final meeting with SC Bastia in the Coupe de la Ligue.