A good point, but a few regrets. The Monegasques’ evening in Saint-Etienne had gotten off to the best possible start, as Lemar swung a perfect free-kick into the box inside the 6th minute. Glik showed a goalscorer’s instinct to meet the ball first time and slam past Ruffier from close range with an unsavable finish.
Unfortunately, from their sole clear-cut opening of the half, Saint-Etienne punished the visitors with a similar goal, with a well-taken free-kick finding Perrin who surged forward majestically to plant a header into the net. AS Monaco can consider themselves unfortunate not to take all three points, as Leonardo Jardim’s men dominated proceedings, both in terms of possession and chances created.
Mbappe (21 and 30 mins) and Fabinho both had great opportunities (40 & 70 mins), but were denied by an in-form Stéphane Ruffier. And when it wasn’t the Saint-Etienne ‘keeper frustrating the visitors, it was Perrin who produced a last ditch intervention to deny the young Monegasque striker after an exemplary counter-attack.
The second-half was largely a calmer affair, but AS Monaco nonetheless carved out two fine chances to win the game. Once again through the lively Mbappé, and then substitute Boschilia in stoppage time. But first with his boot and then with a firm hand, Ruffier thwarted the Red & Whites yet again. A point away from home at a ground that is always tough to play at, nonetheless sees AS Monaco regain second place from PSG on goal difference. The focus now turns to the Champions League, with CSKA Moscow visiting the Louis-II on Wednesday evening.