The Red & Whites started the game very cautiously, allowing their opponents to have the ball. Volland was the first into action, hitting a shot that was blocked by Glik in the 2nd minute. Moments later, the same player managed to deliver a cross from the right wing but the ball flashed across goal with no takers (4 mins). Bayer then won two dangerous-looking free-kicks 25 metres out in a central position, but the Monegasque defence was alert (5 and 10 mins). Following a lovely collective move, Çalhanoglu found himself in a shooting position, but failed to hit the target (13 mins). For the Monegaques, there was little to work with in the first half hour, apart from two poorly negotiated corners.
Chicharito replies to Lemar
In the 30th minute, Germain attempted to get his head on a Sidibé cross, failing to spot that Raggi was in a better position behind him. The Monegasque skipper then went chasing a Moutinho through ball, but was just beaten to it by Leno (32 mins). With the clock ticking into added time in the first half, Lemar send a shiver around the stadium. Running onto a lovely backheel by Sidibé just outside the box, he struck a left-footed effort that shaved Leno’s left post. The German response was almost immediate. Chicharito was sent clear in the Monegasque box, Glik straining in vain to prevent the Mexican from getting his shot away. But a firm hand from Subasic kept the score 0-0 at the break.
Chicharito heads Bayer in front
Bayer looked to begin the second half as they had the first, pressing the Red & Whites’ defence. Chicharito managed another shot, but Subasic was in the way and in any case it was not on target (48 mins). Silva was more accurate in the 51st minute, but a German defender was on the goal line to clear. Seconds larer, Glik threw himself in the way perfectly to block a dangerous strike by Çalhanoglu. With the hour mark approaching, Bayer began to up the pressure. Aranguiz unleashed a shot from the right of the box that Subasic was able to deal with (60 mins). With chaces becoming fewer and further between and AS Monaco breaking the German stranglehold, Chicharito found himself unmarked in the box and opened the scoring with a point-blank header from Mehmedi’s pass.
Glik saves the day!
It was a painful goal to take with barely a quarter hour to go, and with Leonardo Jardim having just replaced Germain by Carrillo. The coach responded immediately, bringing on Mbappé in place of Bakayoko (78 mins), and then Boschilia to replace Silva (81 mins). But the Red & Whites were unable to pose a threat to Leno’s goal. Just as it seemed a cruel defeat was on the cards, with the Monegasques throwing their last reserves of energy into the battle, Glik chose the last second of the match to equalise with an unlikely bullet of a strike into the top corner! The Louis-II went crazy, with "Glik/Glik/Glik" resounding around the stands! The final score was 1-1, a fair result given the shape of the game. AS Monaco remain top of Group E thanks to their Polish hero, while Tottenham won at Moscow, the Red & Whites’ next opponents! Daghe Munegu!
— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) 27 September 2016