The perfect start
The conditions were far from ideal, as the match kicked off in driving rain. After a quiet opening, Monnet-Paquet found himself in the visitors' box in the 7th minute, but Carvalho reacted well to dispossess the Saint-Etienne man. The Monegasques responded promptly, Germain crossing for Traoré only to see the ball deflected behind for a corner by some last-ditch defending. Subasic had to wait until the 15th minute to see action, the Croatian 'keeper doing well to stop an effort from Hamouma, but the referee's assistant had already flagged for offside.
On 17 minutes, and with the two teams looking evenly matched, Toulalan chanced his arm with a long-range strike that diverted somewhat fortuitously into the net off the left knee of Lacina Traoré to give AS Monaco the advantage. It was the Ivorian's first goal for the club.
A pulsating end to the half
The goal seemed to sting the hosts into action and they looked to mount a series of attacks on Subasic's goal, but without looking genuinely threatening. In the 23rd minute, Florentin Pogba swung his left boot and drilled in a low effort that flew past the post. Théophile-Catherine then put in a sumptuous cross from the right wing, but Hamouma and Van Wolfswinkel got in each other's way at the near post and contrived to waste the golden shooting chance.
In spite of the home side's pressure however, AS Monaco came close to adding a second, as in the 35th minute Germain sent a powerful header inches wide of Ruffier's left upright. Things were getting niggly as the temperature rose, and there was a flurry of bookings towards the end of the first period, with Bakayoko, Ragg and Carvalho all going into the referee's notebook, the latter for a foul on Hamouma.
St-Etienne find the leveller
There was a less breathless feel to the second half, with chances few and far between as the Monegasques looked to defend their lead. In the 50th minute, an excellent Moutinho free kick caused havoc in the St-Etienne penalty area, but somehow the hosts managed to clear their lines. They then went one better with a quick counter attack that brought them level, Hamouma drawing Subasic and putting the ball on a plate for Van Wolfswinkel to slot into an empty net. With 58 minutes gone, it was all square again.
Bakayoko sees red
Buoyed by the equaliser and the vociferous crowd willing them on, the hosts began to crank up the pressure as Monaco chased shadows. And then came a hammer blow, as in the 72nd minute, Mr. Lannoy showed Tiemoué Bakayoko a second yellow card for deliberately obstructing Jérémy Clément.
Down to ten for the last twenty minutes, the Monegasques kept their discipline and held St-Etienne at bay superbly. The home side were unable to make the extra man count and rarely threatened, aside from a long-range drive from Lemoine in the 79th minute that sailed just over the angle of Subasic's goal. In the dying moments, the Red & Whites could even have snatched all three points had substitute Ocampos been able to get his head to Kurzawa's fine cross.
As it was, AS Monaco had to settle for a share of the spoils at Geoffroy Guichard, still a very respectable result going into the international break. Their next game will be at home to Caen on 22 November.