The Monegasques came out in a 4-2-3-1 formation and wasted no time in imposing themselves on their visitors, although they were forced into an early change as Martial stayed down after a clash of heads with Angoua in the 8th minute. The Frenchman was unable to shake off the knock and was withdrawn in the 22nd minute, Dirar coming on in his place. In between, Ferreira Carrasco had a couple of efforts, the first saved by Lössl (15 mins) and the second blocked (18 mins). On the half-hour mark, the Belgian delivered a teasing cross that Dirar smacked over the bar, and soon afterwards Toulalan's crisp half-volley scraped Lössl's right-hand post as Monaco kept the pressure on (33 mins).
Dirar the opportunist
In the 37th minute, AS Monaco won a free kick just outside the area after Angoua's foul on Ferreira Carrasco. Moutinho stepped up and bent a fine effort expertly around the wall, and although Lössl got hands to it, the ball ricocheted off the feet of Baca and fell invitingly to Dirar. The AS Monaco n°7 reacted swiftly and poked the ball home to give his side the lead. Guingamp went in search of an equaliser immediately, but came up against Subasic who made an exemplary stop from Beauvue's low effort. There was just time for another blocked shot from Ferreira Carrasco and a long ranger by Berbatov that Lössl kept out, before the referee blew for half-time with the score 1-0. A fair reflection of the action so far.
Lössl keeps it down to one
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, as the Monegasques dominated possession and Guingamp relied on Lössl to limit the damage. The Guingamp 'keeper was kept busy, first saving from Berbatov after a searching cross from Kurzawa (47 mins). Next, he saw Baca block an effort from Ferreira Carrasco (54 mins), before fumbling a catch, though his blushes were spared as the referee awarded him a soft free kick (58 mins). He was in action yet again on 61 minutes, pushing away a header from Kurzawa, while Ferreira Carrasco saw another strike blocked a minute later. Lössl then got down to claim a driven cross from Kurzawa in the 70th minute.
First home win in the league
With the final fifteen approaching, Raggi's powerful header from a corner thumped against the bar. On 75 minutes, Silva was tackled in extremis as he looked to pull the ball back to the waiting Berbatov. Soon after, Angoua scythed down Moutinho in the area, but astonishingly Mr Lesage opted to book the Portuguese midfielder for a dive (77 mins)! The crowd were still grumbling about that controversial decision when Lössl threw himself across to tip a Kurzawa piledriver behind for a corner (79 mins). Despite their best efforts, Monaco were unable to find a decisive second goal, but it was academic in the end as they claimed their first home league win of the season. The victory takes them up to 15th spot in Ligue 1 on seven points. A good platform to build on, starting at Montpellier next Wednesday.