While the Red & Whites dominated possession early on, it was the visitors who went in front in the 10th minute. Boudebouz has wasted a fine opportunity when he miscontrolled a good pass from Sanson (8 mins), but made up for it by converting a free kick moments later. His curling left-footed effort was inch perfect and beat Subasic to his right. Despite that blow, AS Monaco wasted no time in responding. Mbappé pulled the ball back to Silva, but the Portuguese international sent his effort over the bar (11 mins). In the 21st minute, Mbappé was set up well by Falcao in the Montpellier box but his first-time volley was narrowly blocked by a defender.
Falcao equalises from the spot
Despite being penned back in their own half, the visitors were giving the Monegasque forwards no space at all. As the clock ticked past the half-hour mark, the Red & Whites’ dominance remained fruitless. Mbappé was knocked over in the penalty area, but Mr Delerue waved play on (34 mins). He had no option but to award a spot-kick, though, when Mbappé was scythed down a second time in the area a minute later. Falcao sent Jourdren the wrong way to convert the penalty and draw AS Monaco level. Before the break, Silva drew another save from Jourdren, but the score remained 1-1 as the teams went in at half-time.
Three goals in 13 minutes!
Not for long, though, as within moments of the restart Mbappé met Silva’s cross perfectly to give Jourdren no chance. It was the ideal start to the second period for AS Monaco, who were finally in control of the match, but they conceded an equaliser ten minutes later. After Subasic saved a free kick (58 mins), Boudebouz stepped up to slot home a penalty won by Camara after Mendy’s foul (61 mins). The Red & Whites had it all to do again, but they stuck to their task. Lemar took a free kick from the angle of the Montpellier box, Jemerson met the ball at the far post and hammered home to put the home side back in front (63 mins)!
Rampant Red & Whites
This time there was to be no comeback. After coming on for Falcao in the 65th minute, Germain met a superb cross from Mbappé with an unsavable diving header to put daylight between the two sides (74 mins). There was barely time to catch breath when Lemar added a fifth after a mistake by Jourdren. The Montpellier ‘keeper failed to get enough on his punch clear, which fell straight to the Monegasque midfielder to slot under the bar. The end of the match was a mere formality. Glik saw a goal ruled out for offside in the 79th minute, but the job was already done by that point. In the 89th minute, a minute after coming on in place of Lemar, Traoré got in on the act with Monaco’s sixth goal of the night after a wonderful run by Boschilia! The final score was 6-2, with three crucial points for the Monegasques ahead of the tricky trip to St-Etienne in a week’s time. What a second half!