Following his return from suspension, Lacina Traoré was named in the starting line-up by Leonardo Jardim, who also gave Kylian Mbappé his second start in the first-team. The Red & Whites got off to a lively start and were soon camped in their opponents’ half. Durand delivered a succession of crosses into the box, but a vigilant and well-drilled Evian defence stood firm. The opening forty-five minutes passed with no real chances, until Mbappé struck an effort from the right-hand side of the penalty area in added time. His wayward shot turned into a cross for Lacina Traoré, who planted a header past Durand and into the far corner! After his four-goal salvo in the previous round, the Ivorian was on target once again to provide the lead that AS Monaco’s first-half superiority deserved.
The Red & Whites came out for the second half intent on extending their advantage. On 47 minutes, Helder Costa found himself well placed to receive Silva’s cross and had two efforts in quick succession, but both were blocked by the Evian defence! Eight minutes later, the speedy Portuguese winger was pushed by Angoula in the penalty area. The referee blew for the foul, but deemed the offence to have taken place outside the box. The free kick came to nothing and there was suddenly new hope for Evian. With an hour played, Abarouai found Kamin in the box with a clever ball, and the young midfielder – who was on the books at AS Monaco until June 2015 - powered in a shot that went through Nardi’s legs to draw the sides level (63 mins).
No reward for Mbappe
A few minutes later, Nardi was called into action to push away a back-header from Raggi (67 mins). AS Monaco then went on the offensive, with Wallace finding Mbappe who beat his man, dragged the ball back and fired into the side netting. The young Monegasque forward registered two more efforts in the 75th and 81st minutes, but was unable to find the target with either. Suffering with cramp, he was withdrawn in the 83rd minute. His replacement, Chaïbi, was making his competitive first team debut, having come through the academy at ETG FC before joining AS Monaco in July 2014. Soon after coming on, he played a one-two with Coentrao, with the Portuguese international finding Pasalic, who screwed his shot wide from the middle of the penalty area. There was just time for Raggi to bend in a cross-shot that came within inches of catching out Durand (90 mins), but ETG ultimately managed to take the game into extra time.
Pasalic and Costa make the difference
On loan at Evian from AS Monaco, Ngakoutou came off the bench in the 97th minute. Shortly after that, Arabouai drew a good save from Nardi with a well struck free kick (99 mins), but it was Pasalic who made the breakthrough three minutes later. Moutinho found Carrillo in the box and the Argentine moved the ball on for Pasalic, who had time to control and slot a left-footed effort past Durand despite being surrounded by defenders (102 mins). The Red & Whites were back in front, but Ngakoutou went close in the 106th minute with a shot that went over, before colliding with Nardi a few seconds later. The Monegasque ‘keeper was dazed but got up to rescue his side by saving Boy’s volley in the 115th minute. AS Monaco had the final word, when Helder Costa took advantage of excellent work by Chaïbi to dash Evian’s hopes with a third goal in the 119th minute. The gamed ended 3-1, and AS Monaco will be in Thursday’s draw for the last 16 of the Coupe de France last 16 draw.