It was a night of firsts at the Stade Louis-II. First home match, first time out for the new home shirt and first Monaco appearances for Mario Pasalic and Guido Carrillo. While the Croat started the game, the Argentine made came on just after the half-hour. Before that, Dynamo had taken the lead through Mathieu Valbuena. Despite the Red & Whites seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages, they paid a heavy price when Bakayako lost possession just outside the area. Faced with four Dynamo players, Raggi and Wallace were unable to prevent the former Marseille star from scoring the opening goal against an equally powerless Subasic (7 mins).
Enterprising starts for Lemar and Pasalic
The goal took the wind out of the Monegasque sails somewhat, and Dynamo took advantage to dominate proceedings. Despite everything, Leonardo Jardim's stayed in the game. After the first twenty minutes had passed, Lemar and Pasalic looked threatening, with the former sending a shot off trget and the latter seeing a similar effort blocked. In the 30th minute, Lemar was close to an equaliser, but his free kick skimmed past Gabulov’s left-hand post. With the break approaching, Carrillo was sent on to replace Bahamboula. The former Independiente goal ace got on the end of a Kurzawa cross with a diving header, but Gabulov was alert to the danger. At half-time Dynamo led 1-0, but the crowd at the Louis-II were watching an even game.
Bahlouli here, there and everywhere
After the break, Carvalho and Bahlouli replaced Raggi and Dirar. And Bahlouli was straight into the action from the restart, with a rasping shot that brushed Gabulov’s post. After a big Dynamo chance, from which Subasic was saved by his post, Bahlouli played a perfect pass down the right for Touré. He in turn cut the ball back for Carrillo, but the Argentine’s effort flew over the top. It was “Bahlouli to the fore again” just after the hour mark, first providing the pass for Martial whose curling strike was off target (63 mins), before putting a header over the bar (70 mins). It was “Bahlouli involved once more” in another passing move down the right with Tisserand, the ball eventually coming back to Salli whose shot was held by Gabulov. And “finally, Bahlouli” struck a direct free kick that the Dynamo keeper pushed away, before playing an inspired pass to Salli, who lacked the same inspiration despite having a clear sight of goal.
Next opponents: QPR
The game ended with one last off-target attempt from Carillo following a corner, and so a defeat for the Red & Whites. But the progress they had shown was promising, awaiting the arrival of the newcomers: Traoré, Cavaleiro and Costa, who will join up with the squad for the training camp in St-Vincent. The players leave on Saturday for Val d’Aoste and their next game is on Tuesday against Queens Park Rangers. The preparation continues…