Hard headed Germain!
Twice caught out early on against Reims last Autumn, Les Rouge et Blanc were determined to avoid a similar scenario in the third meeting this season. To do so, ASM started at a frenetic pace. After two early incursions forward, the home side opened the scoring with the second corner of the match when Germain headed home Moutinho's corner in the seventh minute. Rivière then latched onto another Moutinho through-ball and had to chance to double the advantage, only to see the effort deflected wide by Tacalfred.
A drop in intensity...
After a bright opening 15 minutes, Les Monégasques went in search of their second wind while the visitors came back into the game. In the 19th minute, from a good Mandi cross, the ball flashed across the front of Subasic's goal... Moments later, Fortes volleyed across the face of goal. It was another missed chance... For Monaco, James sent a long-range free-kick high and wide (33'), and then Rivière's pass was intercepted as the team looked to break three-on-three. The intensity dropped and neither side troubled the scorers before the half-time break.
Oniangué at the double
Monaco created the first chances of the second half, such as Kurzawa's volley, but it was the visitors that equalised. Oniangué inherited possession on the edge of the area and managed to skip past Abidal and Carvalho, before coolly slotting home beyond Subasic (53'). The Stade Louis II was stunned, especially when Rivière wasted another good chance from Germain nod on in the 57th minute. On the hour mark, Claudio Ranieri made a double change, replacing Kondogbia and Rivière by Obbadi and Ocampos. Three minutes later, Jérémy Toulalan fired Les Rouge et Blanc back in front with a crisp low shot from the edge of the area (63').
We thought that ASM had done the hard part, but a mistake from Subasic offered Oniangué a second equaliser of the evening in the 71st minute! With 20 minute left, Les Asémistes had to do it all over again. In the 76th minute, James curled a shot just wide, and then Placide saved from Germain. Mandi was then sent off for a nasty high foot on Kurzawa in the 83rd minute. The Monaco left-back courageously played on. And a good thing too as it was he that netted the winning goal in the dying seconds of the game when James' shot came back off the post! The team snatched a late victory and the crowd exulted as Kurzawa netted his fifth goal of the season and his first at the Stade Louis II!