This matchday 24 fixture got off to a lively start, as both teams opted to dispense with the observation round and came out of the blocks looking to play a high tempo attacking game. Guingamp had the first effort inside three minutes, with Mandanne firing wide at the end of a quick attack. The visitors responded in the 7th minute, Kondogbia swinging in a good cross for Berbatov who was calling for the ball on the edge of the area, but Sorbon intervened well to prevent the Bulgarian from getting his shot away. On 11 minutes, Mandanne found himself in space in the box but miscontrolled and was caught by Wallace. The ball fell to Pied, whose attempted strike was blocked by Kurzawa and the Monegasque defence cleared the danger.
Diallo gets his marching orders
The biggest chance of the first half fell to AS Monaco in the 18th minute, as Carrasco arrowed a stinging effort from a central position 20 yards out. A stretching Lössl managed to tip the ball onto the post. The visitors were inches from breaking the deadlock! A few minutes later came a major turning point in the game, the referee opting to show Diallo a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Toulalan in the middle of the park. Guingamp would be forced to see out the remainder of the game with ten against eleven. Two minutes later, there was a scare for Monaco as Moutinho writhed in pain after twisting an ankle, but fortunately, he was able to rejoin the action within a few minutes. The latter stages of the first half saw AS Monaco dominate possession without looking genuinely threatening. In fact, the best chance went to Guingamp when Mandanne was sent clear on the right-hand side of the penalty area, but Subasic showed great anticipation to boot the ball clear.
The run comes to an end
AS Monaco seemed subdued after the break. Guingamp had reorganised, with Jocelyn Gourvennec sending on Kerbrat in place of Giresse. The home side played with a certain freedom despite their numerical inferiority, and made the breakthrough early in the second period. On 51 minutes, Beauvue drilled a perfect ball across goal for Lévêque who was left with a simple tap-in at the far post. It was Lévêque's first goal in Ligue 1, and ended Subasic's 842-minute run of invincibility. The AS Monaco defence had been on a run of eight successive clean sheets in the league.
AS Monaco responded immediately. On 54 minutes, Kondogbia found space at the far post to get on the end of a long-range Carrasco free kick, but was unable to direct his header. Then on 64 minutes, Fabinho cut inside from the right and unleashed a shot that Lössl held at the second attempt. In the 69th minute, Abdennour got up well at the far post following a Monegasque corner, but could only head just over the Guingamp bar. And on 73 minutes, Carrasco launched a 20 yard thunderbolt that Lössl just managed to get his fingertips to. What a strike! Guingamp were under the cosh, but responded with a couple of attacks on the visitors' goal. In the 59th minute, Mandanne went haring towards Subasic's goal at pace and was only just caught by Abdennour, before Beauvue found himself clean through, only for the Croatian 'keeper to stand tall and win the one-on-one duel in the 76th minute.
Lössl to the rescue
In the final fifteen minutes, the Red & Whites continued to push forward but just could not find a way past the Guingamp 'keeper. On 79 minutes, Berbatov sent Kondogbia clear with a fine pass but Lössl blocked his effort and the ball was cleared behind for a corner. On 86 minutes, Kurzawa picked up a good ball in the area after a Toulalan cross and a short clearance by Angoua from Berbatov's attempted lay-off, but Lössl just about managed to hold onto the France international's shot. Right at the end of injury time, the Guingamp goalkeeper produced yet another save from Martial, who had seized on a scramble in the area. Despite creating a host of chances, AS Monaco suffered their first defeat in Ligue 1 since 29 November 2014, and remain fifth in the table, a point behind AS Saint-Etienne. The Red & Whites' next game is against Rennes in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.