In keeping with their most recent outings, Les Rouge et Blanc begun the match in style. It took just seconds to see the first real opening of the match. Kurzawa chipped the ball in for James who immediately found Rivière. The Martiniquais hit the ball first time on the volley and it shaved the top of the Ndy-Assembé's crossbar. Guingamp responded with a powerful shot from Douniama that Subasic saved (3'), but a minute later ASM were in front, courtesy of Martial's missile. After a misunderstanding between Ndy-Assembé and Mathis, James recovered possession just outside the penalty box and he toyed with the defence before setting up Martial who gave Ndy-Assembé no chance with a ferocious shot into the top corner!
First L1 goal for Kurzawa
EAG were not down for long as Mandanne went close to equalising in the 7th minute. It took an excellent Subasic to deny the lively attacker. After the frenetic opening, the rhythm calmed, but midway through the half came a second turning point. In the space of just four minutes, Martins Perreira received two bookings and was sent off, leaving his teammates a man down. From then on, Claudio Ranieri's men were in total control. Five minutes before the break they moved two goals to the good when Kurzawa met a James corner to bury his header and score a first goal in Ligue 1! At the break, everything had gone perfectly for AS Monaco FC.
Guingamp refuse to give in
Despite trailing, the home side refused to lie down and continued to attack after the break. Mandanne fired off target in the 47th minute and a minute later it took a magnificent Toulalan tackle to deny Sankharé and one-on-one with Subasic. But apart from those two early scares, Les Asémistes enjoyed all the ball and were close to a third goal just before the hour mark when Martial, Moutinho and James all had chances in quick succession ahead of Ndy-Assembé's goal. The first two efforts were blocked, the third just off target. In the 62nd minute, Claudio Ranieri made his first change, replacing Moutinho with Kondogbia. Then James made way for Ocampos (69').
Even though the result seemed beyond doubt, the locals continued to push. Still playing a man down, they created a few chances, such as Giresse's free-kick claimed by Subasic (70'), and Diallo's header across the face of goal (72'). Giresse had another chance with 15 minutes left, but his shot missed. Les Asémistes wasted a few chances of their own in the final minutes, but were solid enough at the back to defend their lead. Eric Abidal and Co. comfortably held on for a fifth consecutive victory. If Claudio Ranieri's team can record another win against Valenciennes next Friday, they will set a new club record for the number of points earned in the first half of the season by any AS Monaco FC side…