There were heavy skies above the Louis-II as the Monegasques kicked off their fourth consecutive home game. There were spots of rain on the pitch when Lucas Ocampos hit the deck in the 10th minute. Receiving a fine pass from Silva in the Évian penalty area, the Argentine feinted delightfully and was scythed down Sorlin. It looked a stonewall penalty, but the referee Mr Turpin had other ideas. The visitors from Haute-Savoie were looking to play an open game, and earned themselves several corners. After coming to collect one of them, Stekelenburg delivered the perfect ball forward for Carrasco. The Belgian ran on into the penalty area but saw his cut-back for Germain intercepted (20 mins).
Carrasco with the free-kick
As the half-hour mark approached, the rain began to fall more heavily. On 28 minutes, Carrasco was tripped outside the box to earn a great free-kick. The Belgian stepped up to take the set-piece himself and curled an inch-perfect strike round the wall, but Leroy somehow got across to punch the ball behind for a corner! The Red & Whites then ratcheted up the pressure on their opponents, Silva combining perfectly with Fabinho down the right, but the Brazilian's cross was cleared (35 mins). The Portuguese midfielder then left the Évian defence floundering in the penalty area, but his pass for Germain was cut out. Moments later he was less inspired as he tried to beat one man too many outside the area, after collecting a pass from Germain (39 mins). Silva was featuring prominently at the end of the first half and got on the end of another ball from Germain on 45 minutes, but his diving header lacked power.
Ocampos looking sharp
In the second half, Évian looked to have more cutting edge with some committed counter-attacking. It took three successive interventions from Wallace, Fabinho and Raggi to avert the danger in the AS Monaco area. The visitors then won a free kick in a good position on 55 minutes, but Stekelenburg produced an impeccable save to keep out Barbosa's 25 yard effort. The Monegasque response finally arrived in the 62nd minute, with Elderson firing in a cross that flashed across the face of goal with nobody able to get the decisive touch. Two minutes later, Ocampos capitalised on two successive rebounds from shots by Germain and Silva to open the scoring with a firm side-footed finish. He was close to doubling his tally almost immediately, but this time Leroy got in the way. The home side were awarded a corner, and the ball found its way onto the top of the crossbar!
Martial's fine individual effort
Buoyed by his third goal of the season, the Argentine tried his luck again from the edge of the area on 71 minutes, but was unable to direct his shot. Dirar, who had come on in place of Germain a few minutes earlier, then curled a left-footed effort off target on 75 minutes. Évian appeared resigned to their fate when a cross-shot from Silva was deflected just over his own bar by one of the visiting defenders (81 mins). On 83 minutes, Bahamboula came on for Ocampos to make his competitive debut for AS Monaco. And he had a box-seat as Moutinho sent a lovely volley skimming past Leroy's left-hand post (84 mins). Raggi was called into action to make a fine defensive intervention on 85 minutes, but the last word went to Martial, a 78th minute substitute for Carrasco. Following a good tackle by Moutinho, he picked up the ball in the centre circle, ran half the length of the opposition half and beat Leroy with a low shot that went in off the post (89 mins). No scares for AS Monaco this evening then, as they qualified for the last 16 of the Coupe de France.