Touré and Wallace grab their first goals
After going 300 minutes without finding the net, the Red & Whites marked the return of Trezegol to the Louis-II by getting back on the goal trail! There were nine minutes gone in this last 16 tie when Touré headed in a corner from Carrasco. It was a perfect start for the Academy product, grabbing a goal on his professional debut! And the home side had not finished by any means. Four minutes later, Carrasco delivered a free kick from out wide that found the head of Wallace, who guided the ball home for his own first goal for AS Monaco (13 mins)!
Henrique pulls one back
Already 2-0 down, Rennes responded on 17 minutes with a shot from Ntep that was beaten away by Stekelenburg. The Dutch goalkeeper was in action again a minute later as he saved an effort from Henrique (18 mins). Approaching the hour mark, Toulalan tried his luck from 25 yards after good work from Martial, his powerful strike skimming Costil's right-hand post (27 mins). AS Monaco were very much on top in this opening half, but on 34 minutes the visitors got themselves back into the game, as Danzé crossed from the right wing and Henrique's looping header beat Stekelenburg, despite the best efforts of Abdennour and Wallace. Just before the break, Elderson seized on a pull-back from Carrasco, but the Nigerian put his effort just wide.
Martial makes up for his miss
In the second half, Rennes saw plenty of the ball without putting any serious pressure on the Monegasque goal. In their eagerness to find an equaliser, they began to leave gaps which the home side went close to exploiting on 57 minutes when Martial was sent running through by Traoré. The U21 international, who looked lively all evening, found himself with only Costil to beat. It looked like he'd done the hard part, but somehow slid the ball wide of goal! However, after Doucouré had given Stekelenburg something to think about with a low shot in the 61st minute, the Monaco forward made up for his miss by winning a penalty after a clear foul by Fernandes. He dusted himself off and slotted it home himself to put daylight between the two sides (67 mins).
Matheus' promising debut
While the Bretons now seemed resigned to their fate, Martial's tail was up and after exchanging a quick-one with Carrasco he went on a mazy 85th minute run in the visitors' penalty area, before threading a perfect pass for Bernardo who was flagged offside as he shaped to shoot. Moments later, he was replaced by Matheus who was making his debut for AS Monaco. The Brazilian stood out first by collecting the ball in the area after a miss by Abdennour, but Costil got himself in the way. Then in added time, he got away from his marker Fernandes before having a go at goal from a tight angle. The ball ended up in the side netting, and the full-time whistle went almost immediately. AS Monaco will be in the hat for the quarter-final draw!