With glorious sunshine bathing the Stade Louis-II at kick-off, the teams spent the opening ten minutes of this game feeling each other out. The observation round ended abruptly with a real bolt from the blue in the 12th minute, Ndong unleashing an absolute rocket from 25 yards out that thundered into the top corner! It was a repeat of last season's corresponding fixture, as Lorient took an early lead. Worse was to come, as six minutes later Jeannot doubled the visitors' lead with a goal that was allowed to stand, despite an offside.
Touré reignites Monegasque hopes
Things had started badly for AS Monaco, but Touré managed to pull a goal back quickly, heading in Lemar's corner in the 20th minute. Moments later, Lopes lost his one-on-one duel with Lecomte (21 mins), before Lemar send a header skimming the Lorient goalkeeper's left-hand post. Before half-time, Subasic was called on to deal with attempts from Waris (29 mins) and Jeannot (40 mins). AS Monaco looked to respond through Carillo in the 43rd minute, but the Argentine's effort was off-target.
Moukandjo answers Lemar
Behind at the break, AS Monaco summoned up an equaliser right at the start of the second half. On 47 minutes Lemar earned a free-kick, which he took himself and found the top corner of Lecomte's goal. It seemed the Red & Whites had done the hard part, and in fact they began to turn the screw, with Lecomte saving twice in quick succession from Silva and Lemar (55 mins), before Silva smashed a shot narrowly wide on 58 minutes.
Unfortunately, Moukandjo popped up to restore Lorient's lead, totally against the run of play. Collecting the ball in the area and only just staying onside, the former Monegasque slotted past Subasic from close range.
Dominance, but nothing to show for it
The goal left AS Monaco with it all to do again, but they never really looked like doing it. Despite monopolising possession towards the end of the game, they were frustrated by a well organised Lorient defence. Silva (65 mins) and Coentrao (72 mins) both had chances to equalise, but saw their respective efforts miss the target and blocked. The dying stages of the game resembled a game of attack vs. defence, but the scoreline remained unchanged and AS Monaco went down to a second successive home defeat. A response is required at Montpellier on Thursday...