It all started so well this afternoon at the Roudourou. Overturning their habit of conceding first in recent games, Leonardo Jardim's men were the first to strike in this match.After Stephan El Shaarawy helped the ball on the midfield, Nabil Dirar out on the right slid an excellent ball into the middle for Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese beat Lössl with a shot into the far corner from the edge of the box, to put the Red & Whites one-nil up with just fifteen minutes on the clock.
Spaces were opening up on the impeccable Breton surface, and the Monegasques looked to take advantage with some good combination play by Lemar and El Shaarawy, but the Italian's shot was off target (25 mins). Shortly afterward, Touré came close to getting on the end of a flicked header by Dirar from a free-kick. But three minutes later, it was Guingamp who equalised through Privat. The striker got away from his marker at the corner to head past Subasic. the Monegasque response was not long in coming. Withthe game heading towards half-time, Adama Traoré - just on as a substitute for Touré, who was forced off with a thigh injury - picked out a perfect pass to find Raggi all alone in the box. The Italian gave Lössl no chance and duly restored AS Monaco's lead.
Tricky start to the second-half
The early minutes of the second period saw EA Guingamp very much in the ascendancy, the home side carving out a string of dangerous openings through Angoua (49 mins), Privat (51 mins) and Briand (53 mins). The breakthrough finally came on 65 minutes, as Benezet found space at the far post to control Coco's cross and slot past Subasic to draw Guingamp level once more.
With Guingamp still celebrating their goal, the visitors took advantage and Fabinho slid a perfect cross into the waiting Dirar. The Moroccan met the ball at the near post to net his side's third goal of the game. It seemed AS Monaco had done the job and were looking at their second win of the week. But Guingamp were not about to give in and got their reward in the 89th minute, Benezet drilling in a left-wing cross that ended up swinging straight into the goal, from an impossible angle. In the end, the Red & Whites had to settle for a share of the spoils, but will take positives from their performance, in particular their efficiency in front of goal. Their next game is at the Stade Louis-II, where they will host Tottenham in the Europa League!