The first big bit of news came an hour before kick-off, with the announcement that Lacina Traoré was set to lead the line for AS Monaco. The big Ivorian was also heavily involved in the second, winning a penalty from a handball in his very first foray into the visitors' penalty area. Moutinho duly converted the spot kick, and Monaco were up and running with just 2 minutes on the clock. Traoré was in action again in the 15th minute, and should have had a debut goal. Nicking the ball from a defender, he took the ball round Evian 'keeper Hansen but ran wide and was unable to squeeze his shot inside the post.
Ferreira Carrasco nearly makes it two
Ten minutes later, it was Ferreira Carrasco's turn to go close. The Belgian found himself in a great position in the area after some fine link-up play with Moutinho, but got a little too much on his strike which skimmed Hansen's far post. Evian attempted to hit back and Wass beat Subasic to the ball, but his header dropped just wide (28 mins). Wass had another go in the 37th minute, but this time his effort was over the bar. It proved to be the last opening of a first half controlled by the home side.
Evian within inches of an equaliser
Five minutes into the second half, AS Monaco were slightly ahead in terms of possession (52%), but the first chance of the second period fell to the visitors. It took a fine intervention from Kurzawa to clear a threatening Barbosa cross to safety. Just before the hour mark, Monaco earned themselves a free kick in a handy looking position, but Moutinho saw his effort come back off the wall. Then on 65 minutes, Carvalho was forced to draw on all his experience, staying remarkably cool in the face of danger to prevent an Evian equaliser after Kursawa had lost possession. AS Monaco then had the post and Moutinho to thank for keeping their lead intact, after an Evian corner caused havoc in the area.
Hansen gifts Monaco a second
Evian had squandered their best chance to get back into it, but Hansen's 71st minute howler saw Ferreira Carrasco put daylight between the teams. Carvalho pumped the ball forward, the Danish 'keeper misjudging the flight and allowing it to bounce in the area and over his head. The lurking Ferreira Carrasco gleefully made it 2-0 to Monaco. And so it would finish, despite a couple of golden opportunities for Anthony Martial (a 64th minute substitute for Traoré) and a decent shout for a penalty from Bernardo Silva. After a defeat and a draw in their previous two games, AS Monaco got back to winning ways with tonight's victory, which sees them jump to 11th in the Ligue 1 placings. A welcome confidence-booster in the lead-up to Wednesday's Champions League fixture at home to Benfica...