This match got off to a slow start. The first opening fell in Caen in the 5th minute, as Rodelin got his head to a Feret free kick, but Subasic saved comfortably. Monaco looked to hit back in the 19th minute, with a powerful low effort from Fabinho that Vercoutre got down to well. A few minutes later, Rodelin tried his luck from range, but saw his effort fly into the stands (24 mins). With the half-hour mark approaching, Wallace intercepted two dangerous looking crosses from the right to avert the threat on Subasic’s goal. AS Monaco dominated the first half, but were up against a well-marshalled defence .
No option but to shoot from distance...
In the 31st minute, it was Pasalic’s turn to have a pop from long range, but he couldn’t keep his shot down and it sailed well over the Caen crossbar. Bessat looked to go one better with a similar effort in the 35th minute, but could only hammer his strike straight into the arms of Subasic. Moments later, El Shaarawy was narrowly beaten to Silva’s fine cross by Appiah (36 mins), before Féret sent an effort off target from the edge of the Monaco box (37 mins). Just before the break, Wallace played in Moutinho with a deep through ball, but the Portuguese midfielder’s control let him down. It effectively summed up a first period in which neither side really showed a cutting edge.
Carrillo gets off the mark!
Straight from the restart, the Red & Whites looked to step up a gear. Running onto a good ball from Moutinho down the left, Coentrao drilled in a cross. Arriving at the far post, Carrillo launched himself at it but the ball ended up going behind for a goal kick. In the 54th minute, El Shaarawy sent in a cross-shot that lacked the power to trouble Vercoutre. The Caen ‘keeper then had to stretch to push away a Carrillo shot from a wide position that was headed for the top corner (55 mins). But he was powerless in the 56th minute as Carrillo headed home a looping cross from Touré to claim his first ever goal in Ligue 1! Caen responded straight away, but Bessat missed the target with a far post volley from a right-wing cross.
Crual equaliser from Rodelin
With over an hour on the clock, AS Monaco continued to have the better of proceedings. Coentrao came close to adding a second goal in the 66th minute, but his shot shaved Vercoutre’s left post. The Red & Whites controlled the match for a good fifteen minute spell, then went on the attack in the final ten minutes with a header from Silva that went over the bar (82 mins). The Portuguese was then brought down just outside the visitors’ area on 85 minutes. Coentrao took the free-kick, but sent the ball just wide of Vercoutre’s goal. From the following move, Caen won a free kick some distance out. Ben Youssef got his head to the ball in the box and headed down from Rodelin who side-footed past Subasic (87 mins). It was Caen’s first real chance of the game, and was cruel on the Red & Whites, who missed out on the opportunity to get within touching distance of second spot.