Within moments of kick-off, AS Monaco won a good free kick after a foul on El Shaarawy just outside the area. Lemar fired the resulting set piece just wide of Diallo's left-hand upright. In the 6th minute, El Shaarawy found himself well placed following a superb Monegasque build-up, but his volley failed to hit the target. Rennes looked to respond immediately as Ntep broke forward on the counter attack and crossed for Doucouré. The midfielder smashed his effort against the post, with the ball going in off the aptly named Ball, but the goal was chalked off correctly by the assistant referee's raised offside flag. The home side had gotten away with it, but the scare dampened their attacking intentions for a few minute.
Doucouré the surprise package
lt took until the 24th minute before either side threatened again, as El Shaarawy got on the end of Lemar's cross. Diallo pulled off a reflex save to put the ball behind for a corner, and was fortunate when, moments later, Traoré missed the target after a poor Rennes clearance just outside the box. With half-time approaching, Doucouré headed in a great cross from Baal to open the scoring against the run of play. Rennes came close to making it two in quick succession, but Toulalan averted the danger ahead of Doucouré, after some hesitant Monegasque defending.
Wallace equalises from a corner
The scenario was repeated again after the break, as Subasic kept his side in it after a shot from André deflected off Raggi's shin. But it was AS Monaco who fought their way back onto level terms as Dirar flicked on a Lemar corner at the near post, with Wallace planting a powerful header into the net (50 mins). The goal sparked the game into life and El Shaarawy wasted a fine opportunity to put his side on control as he dithered in the area on 54 minutes. Galvanised by the equaliser, the Red & Whites piled the pressure on the Bretons' defence as the game ticked past the hour mark. Yet it was Stade Rennais who were handed a golden opportunity to seal the match when referee Mr Chapron pointed to the spot after a foul by Fabinho on Mbengue in the area.
Subasic saves a penalty
Henrique took responsibility, but Subasic came out on top as he kept out the Rennes striker's effort. AS Monaco were still in it and continued to believe victory was within their grasp, but came up against a well drilled Rennes defence, despite Ntep being forced off with injury. Lemar came close with a couple of free kicks, the first saved by Diallo on 75 minutes, while the second cannoned back off the woodwork in the 83rd minute, before the Rennes' 'keeper pulled off a miraculous stop to deny Carrillo in injury time. The final score was 1-1, a disappointing result for a Monaco side who have yet to win at home this season in Ligue 1. They will be hoping to end that bad run against OL on 16 October.