After H.S.H Prince Albert II and AS Monaco President Dmitry Rybolovlev took the symbolic kick-off on this special evening, the home side came out of the blocks fast in search of an early breakthrough. Their efforts bore fruit in short order, as Imorou deflected a Berbatov effort into his own net (5 mins). With the visitors rocking, Monaco immediately attempted to press home their advantage but came up against Vercoutre, who made a crucial stop from Silva (9 mins). The Caen 'keeper proved equal to the task again in the 20th minute, saving a header from Germain before punching clear a Silva corner (22 mins).
Germain and Berbatov out of luck
Approaching the half-hour mark, Germain timed his arrival perfectly to take an inviting Ferreira Carrasco cross on the run, but his first time effort skimmed Vercoutre's right-hand post (28 mins). Not to be outdone, the marauding Berbatov then repeated his strike partner's trick, rifling in a 20 yarder that flew just wide of the same post! Caen were not just there to make up the numbers though, and Duhamel responded with a shot from the edge of the Monaco penalty area that missed the target (34 mins). Just before half-time, Raspentino powered a header just over Subasic's goal. Despite going in 1-0 down, the visitors were visibly growing in confidence…
As the players emerged for the second half, confirmation of Caen's resurgence did not take long to arrive. Although Germain sent a shot across Vercoutre's bows, first blood in the second period went to the visitors, as Koita hammered an unstoppable strike into the top corner from the edge of the box. With 50 minutes gone, AS Monaco found themselves back at square one. Berbatov did his best to put his side back on track with an effort off the outside the right boot, but was thwarted once more by the impressive Vercoutre (51 mins). Things went from bad to worse for the home side in the 59th minute, when Kondogbia headed into his own net as he attempted to clear a corner! It was Berbatov once again who looked to spark Monaco into life, but he found himself frustrated twice in quick succession, first by Vercoutre who produced a miraculous stop to keep out the Bulgarian's 64th minute effort, and then by a last ditch intervention from Da Silva that prevented what looked a certain goal.
Moutinho rescues a point
Berbatov was peppering the visitors' goal with shots but time and time again Vercoutre proved his nemesis, tipping over the striker's powerful far post header in the 68th minute. Caen then had the woodwork to thank, as Ferreira Carrasco's curled 25 yard free kick came back off the post (72 mins). The Belgian, who looked the liveliest Monegasque performer all night, was finally rewarded for his display as he laid on the equaliser for Moutinho in the 75th minute. The Portuguese midfielder, who had been on the pitch for all of four minutes, put the ball beyond Vercoutre to bring the teams level. Chances dried up at that point, and AS Monaco were unable to find a winner. The result is their third successive draw in the league, and although the Red & Whites are unbeaten in six, they remain locked in 8th place.