Home side on top
The hosts started well with a fast opening. While they enjoyed most of the early possession, they failed to cause any real danger to the ASM goal. Bertoglio's long-range effort failed to hit the target in the 5th minute, while Ocampos' effort was deflected behind for a corner (10'). The next attack came in the 25th minute when Sabaly broke down the left and crossed across the face of the Monégasque goal without finding a taker. Moments later, Subasic saved at the feet of Nsikulu after Waas' nod down. It was the first real chance of the match.
Berbatov goes close
As the game passed the half-hour, Monaco had wrestled control of the ball. Played in on goal in the 38thminute, James was bundled over but only received a corner. The Colombian playmaker then provided a magnificent pass for Berbatov whose fantastic volley flashed just the wrong side of Hansen's right-hand upright (41'). The home side's Danish 'keeper was then on hand to save from Berbatov again after excellent lead up play from James and Obbadi (44'). The referee Mr Jaffredo brought the first half to an end with AS Monaco FC right on top, but the match was still scoreless.
James misses the unmissable!
After the break, Germain replaced Ocampos. It almost paid immediate dividends when, in the 50th minute, the substitute crossed for James. Unfortunately the Colombian somehow contrived to miss the ball from just three yards out! Evian responded immediately with a powerful Bérigaud shot flashing just wide of Subasic's goal (54'). On the hour, Claudio Ranieri brought on Rivière for Berbatov. Germain then tried his luck from distance (61'), and he was then brought down in the area, but the referee waved play on (63').
Mongongu's winning penalty
With 20 minutes left to play, Dirar came on for James. After a scare in front of Subasic's goal from a corner, The Moroccan then had a first chance to impress on the right flank and he delivered a perfect cross for Germain who headed wide (73'). The game looked destined to finish scoreless when, in the visitors' penalty box, Carvalho unintentionally handled a Barbosa shot. ETG got the penalty and Mongongu sent Subasic the wrong way (83'). AS Monaco FC found themselves behind and despite two free-kicks in the final seconds, they were unable to equalize and suffered a fourth defeat of the season in Ligue 1. The team must now bounce back next weekend against FC Nantes.