The first chance of the evening went the way of the visitors, with Gignac putting a header wide of the target in the 9th minute. The Monegasque response was immediate, as Martial hammered in a shot that cannoned back off the crossbar (10 mins). There was a hectic pace to proceedings and Marseille soon carved out another opportunity, but Lemina was unable to direct his header (15 mins), while Thauvin then fired an effort over the top on 17 minutes. The visitors were seeing more of the ball, but Monaco always looked a threat on the counter.
WIth half an hour gone, the Red & Whites began to ramp up the pressure on the Marseille goal. On 25 minutes, Martial found himself well placed but screwed his shot wide, before Ferreira Carrasco's deep cross flashed across the area with nobody there to provide the finish (38 mins). The Belgian was back at the heart of the action again a minute later, drilling in a low effort that Mandanda fingertipped around the post for a corner. Just before the break, Subasic came out on top in a one-on-one with Dja Djedje, who had got free on the right.
Silva's debut strike settles matters
After half-time, a well organised AS Monaco side squeezed the play and left no space for the visitors. Gignac chanced his arm from the edge of the area on 59 minutes, but was frustrated by the impeccable Subasic. The deadlock was finally broken on 66 minutes as the home side took the lead. Martial made a run down the right and pulled the ball back for Ferreira Carrasco, whose neat dummy let the ball run on to the waiting Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese had time to look up and side-foot the ball past Mandanda in the Marseille goal. The youngster's first senior goal was worth its weight in gold. On 70 minutes, Raggi was close to doubling his side's advantage, but his header sailed wide.
Four wins on the spin
On as a substitute ten minutes earlier, Ocampos dribbled his way past two defenders in the 86th minute, before seeing his shot saved by Mandanda. OM threw the last of their strength into the search for an equaliser, but the Monegasque defence stood firm. In added time, Abdou Diallo came on as a substitute for Bernardo Silva to make his debut appearance in Ligue 1. In the end it was AS Monaco's night as they claimed another win, their fourth in succession, and made it three in a row in Ligue 1! The three points lift them to 6th spot in the table, with one match remaining until the halfway point of the season.