Whilst the game began slowly, AS Monaco were ahead at the first time of asking. Having been called offside from a good pass from Bakayoko just seconds earlier, Mbappé was played through perfectly by Boschilia in the 12th minute. The young Monegasque striker showed the Rennes defence a clean set of heels and side footed calmly past Nardi. Rennes looked to fight back, but it was AS Monaco who threatened again from a corner on the quarter hour. Nardi denied Carrillo (16 mins), but was beaten for a second time in the 20th minute.
Mbappé at the double…
Dirar got free down the right and drilled in a cross from Mbappé to head in at the far post and make it 2-0. The Moroccan was causing havoc down his side of the pitch and went on to deliver a string of crosses. One was turned behind for a corner (24 mins), another slammed off target by Carrillo, before finally the ball was laid off perfectly for Boschilia to ping home a crisp strike for Monaco’s third in the 34th minute. It was all going perfectly to plan for the home side, although Andrea Raggi took a blow to the ankle in a challenge with Diakhaby. The Italian defender was left grimacing, but was able to return and see out the rest of a first half dominated by his side.
…and the treble!
The Red & Whites came out all guns blazing again in the second half. A goal was correctly chalked off for offside by Boschilia (48 mins). Then headers from Touré and Diallo (who had come on for Sidibé after the break) shaved Nardi’s posts. The goalkeeper, on loan from AS Monaco at Stade Rennais, needed to be alert again on the hour mark to deal with a free kick from out wide by Boschilia. The fourth Monaco goal looked inevitable and duly arrived moments later. Boschilia found Carrillo who flicked a backheel towards Moutinho just outside the box. The Portuguese international could have taken on the shot himself, but elected to pass to Kylian Mbappé who was all alone in front of goal and steered home to claim his first ever senior hat-trick.
First for Jean
The match was done and dusted by this point, and Leonardo Jardim took advantage to make changes. Bakayoko and Dirar were withdrawn to be replaced by Traoré and Jean. The Mali international was close to scoring in the 71st minute, but his curling effort flew just wide of Nardi’s right-hand post. But Monaco’s fifth did come in the 78th minute, as Jean found Carrillo outside the box and the Argentine played a first time ball for Boschilia to beat Nardi from close range. Nardi’s nightmare was not over yet, though. He had to pick the ball out of the net a sixth time after being beaten by Jean in the 81st minute, then conceded a seventh following an unlucky own goal by Cavaré in the 84th. AS Monaco secured a place in the next round in style, and can now look ahead confidently to Sunday evening’s clash with OL!