The Red & Whites began the game with the sunshine and wind at their backs. But it was Toulouse who carved out the first chance of the afternoon through Somalia (5 mins). From a position tight to the goal line on the right of the box, he met a left-wing cross on the volley and smashed an effort against the top of the upright, before the ball bounced behind for a goal kick. AS Monaco responded in the 12th minute when Coentrao wriggled free from three opponents down the left flank and went on a magnificent driving run, before delivering the perfect cross for Traoré to poke home. Unfortunately, the Ivorian was denied the opener by the linesman flag, a close call but the correct decision (12 mins). On the quarter-hour mark, it was Silva’s turn to step forward and make an impression on this game. Escaping down the right, he darted inside and unleashed a low shot that Lafont did well to get down to (16 mins). The home side kept up the pressure and in the 17th minute, Moubandjé intervened to prevent Silva from shooting as the Monegasque winger found himself well placed on the right of the box. Moments later, Lemar saw a free kick skim the side netting with Lafont happy to see the ball fly wide (19 mins). The Toulouse ‘keeper was a relieved man once more as Silva’s cross flashed across the face of goal without finding a Monaco shirt in the 25th minute, while Traoré saw an effort blocked by Diop seconds after.
Silva breaks the deadlock, Coentrao adds the second
AS Monaco were finally rewarded for their efforts in the 29th minute. Traoré did superbly to beat two defenders on the left of the penalty area and laid the ball back to Silva, who seized on the gift and gleefully side-footed home. The Portuguese midfielder looked set to bag another almost straight from the restart, but was tackled by Diop as he shaped to shoot. AS Monaco were then unlucky to lose Traoré to an adductor injury on the half-hour mark, with Carrillo coming on in his place (32 mins). Within moments of taking to the field, the Argentine got his head to a cross from the excellent Fabinho, and though his attempt crashed back off the crossbar, Coentrao had followed up and nodded in to double the home side’s advantage (36 mins). There was daylight between the two sides, but Toulouse were handed a lifeline in the 38th minute when match referee Mr Ben El Hadj awarded them a penalty for a non-existent handball by Carvalho. Ben Yedder took the spot-kick, but was denied by a strong hand from Subasic! Just before the break, the Monegasque ‘keeper intervened to deny the onrushing Ben Yedder once again. After an excellent first half, the Red & Whites headed back to the dressing room with a two-goal lead.
Carrillo finally gets his reward
They came out looking to start the second half the way they ended the first, and from the kick-off the Toulouse defence did well to withstand a couple of good runs from Silva and Fabinho, both set up perfectly by Carrillo. The visitors were not giving up, and saw plenty of the ball in the early stages of the second period, albeit without really threatening. AS Monaco, on the other hand, had another opportunity when Lemar fired a shot past the far post in the 65th minute, after fine work by Silva down the right. The third goal arrived shortly after, following a brilliantly worked free-kick from a position slightly right-of –centre some 30 yards out. Moutinho caught the Toulouse defence cold by rolling the ball down the right for Silva with everyone expecting a cross. The Monegasque n°10 slid the ball across the box for Carrillo to clip home his second goal in Ligue 1 and put the home side out of sight in this game, although Subasic still had to be alert to prevent Braithwaite from pulling one back in the 75th minute.
Costa rounds off the scoring in style
The final fifteen minutes were a mere formality. In the 81st minute, Fabinho went on a solo run through the middle, and though he could have gone all the way, he opted to play in Carrillo on the right. The Argentine was tackled in extremis and was unable to hit the target. In the 84th minute, TFC won a free-kick in the promising position. With Ben Yedder off the pitch, Regattin took responsibility and saw a superb effort come back off the crossbar with Subasic beaten! Seconds later, Mbappe - on as an 85th minute substitute for Silva – was brought down in the box but saw his appeals for a penalty turned down. The young Monegasque forward then strode down the right wing, but his cross aimed at Carrillo was collected by Lafont. The Toulouse ‘keeper was beaten for a fourth time in the dying moments of the game. Coentrao won a free-kick on the left, Carrillo flicked on Moutinho’s cross, and Costa popped up at the far post to round of the scoring in style. The 4-0 win sees AS Monaco tighten their grip on second spot in the Ligue 1 table, ahead of next week’s trip to Angers.