Against a very compact German outfit, it was the Red & Whites who took the initiative in this game. Sylla left everyone for dead down the left insice the second minute, but his cross was caught by Kucz. He repeated the trick in the 7th minute, but this time a German defender averted the danger. Bayer Leverkusen showed clinical finishing, though, to break the deadlock with their very first chance of the afternoon in the 13th minute. The Monegasque defence was caught out down their left and Akkaynak took full advantage to sweep home and put the visitors in front.
Sylla wins a penalty, Cardona converts
Suddenly up against it, Frédéric Barilaro refused to panic. With 20 minutes gone, the ball found its way to Cardona on the left hand side of the box in the 20th minute and though he beat the goalkeeper, a defender got back to scramble the ball off the line. It fell to Cardona who set up Bongiovanni, but the Belgian failed to hit the target from in front of goal! On the half hour mark, Calcin missed by a whisker (31 mins), before Bongiovanni thumped a shot against the crossbar from 20 yards! AS Monaco finally clawed their way back into the game in added-time at the end of the first half, when Sylla was scythed down in the box and awarded a penalty. Cardona sent Kucz the wrong way to level the scores!
Schreck fluffs his lines
After the restart, Sylla caused more havoc down the German defence’s right hand side, but was halted in his tracks in the box by a borderline tackle (49 mins)! The next move saw Bayer on the attack and Schreck spurned what looked an unmissable chance by missing the target with the Monegasque goal gaping (52 mins)! While Leverkusen were seeing more of the ball, the best opportunity fell to the Red & Whites around the hour mark. Cardona picked up the ball on the right of the area and immediately went for goal, but Kucz got down well to make the save (59 mins). The German ‘keeper then rescued his side again by tipping away a shot from Bongiovanni that was heading inside the far post (67 mins).
Decisive double from Cardona!
But he was powerless to prevent Cardona from heading in Bongiovanni’s free-kick from out wide. The Monegasque striker timed his jump to perfection and looped the ball over Kucz to give Monaco the advantage with varely a quarter of an hour remaining (76 mins)! The Red & Whites were hungry for more, and continued to foray forward. Sylla cut inside onto his right foot but missed the target in the 81st minute, while Appin and Diallo also had wayward shots in the 85th and 86th minutes. Bayer faded as a force in the last few minutes, allowing AS Monaco to see the game out calmly to record their second successive win this group stage of the UEFA Youth League. The result means they remain top of the group ahead of the long trip to Moscow in October!
— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) 27 September 2016