Obbadi blasts past Enyeama
Les Rouge et Blanc took the initiative early. After a long cross-field ball from Carvalho, Fabinho headed on for Germain who was denied by a quickly-advancing Enyeama (2'). ASM's second attack came in the fourth minute and was magnificent! Berbatov's outside of the foot pass picked out Germain on the left of the area and he cut the ball back for Obbadi and the Morocco international blasted home beyond Enyeama to open the scoring! Lille responded immediately with a strong of corners - all dealt with by the AS Monaco FC defence (9', 12', 17', 24'). In the 21st minute, a left-foot Toulalan shot flew just wide of Enyeama's right-hand post.
A lucky bounce and an equaliser...
Despite the positive approach from Rouge et Blanc captain, Les Monégasque went back into their shells in the second half of the opening 45 minutes. Fabinho made an excellent clearing tackle from a Balmont cross in the 31st minute, and then Gueye's effort was blocked by Subasic a minute later. But after a lucky rebound, there was nothing the ASM goalkeeper could do to stop Origi (37'). The LOSC were level and looking to take the game to their southern rivals. In first-half stoppage time, Balmont earned a good free-kick on the edge of the area. Subasic saved before the referee, Mr Rainville, blew for half-time.
Subasic excellent to deny Delaplace
After the break, Ocampos came on for Germain, but LOSC continued to look dangerous and Subasic was brave to stop Delaplace (49'). The following minute, after an Ocampos shot was deflected out for a corner, Carvalho rose highest to meet the corner, but his header lacked enough power to beat Enyeama. Shortly after the hour mark, James tried to break free down the right, but Souaré and Kjaer closed him down. The Colombian playmaker was replaced by Dirar. The sub immediately won a corner from which Berbatov's header shaved the crossbar (69')! The two combined again in the 73rd and 75th minutes, but this time, without troubling the Lille defence.
Les Monégasque finished the game on top after switching to a 4-3-3 formation with the introduction of wide men Ocampos and Dirar, but ASM still struggled to carve out clear-cut chances. The Argentine and the Moroccan tried to find Berbatov in the Lille penalty box, but in vain. There was no further change to the scoring as it finished 1-1 - a good result nevertheless for Claudio Ranieri's men. The team from the principality maintains their comfortable nine point advantage over their nearest rivals Lille. With eight matches left to play, the Champions League qualification is getting closer… The next meeting in Ligue 1 is next Saturday away to ETG, but before then, the side needs to qualify for the semi-finals of the Coupe de France when they entertain RC Lens, this Wednesday at 20:55 CET at the Stade Louis II.