As expected, the artificial pitch at the Moustoir always takes visitors a little time to get used to and Lorient played high up the pitch, looking to stop Monaco from playing their football. Replacing Toulalan in the defensive midfield role, Moutinho directed traffic for his side, but it was FCL and Aboubakar who carved out the first chance of the match with a chip that flirted with the crossbar. Aboubakar was back in the thick of the action in the 12th minute to open the scoring. His powerful header from a perfect Monnet-Paquet cross gave Lorient the lead despite the latter being in an offside position. Moments later there was more panic in the Asémiste, but the cross was saved by Subasic. After another Aboubakar effort flew wide of the mark (16'), Les Asémistes began to come back into the game.
Germain puts ASM back on track
Just before the half hour, coach Claudio Ranieri switched from a diamond shaped midfield to a flat 4-4-2. Mounir Obbadi made way for Ocampos who moved straight onto the left flank, while James moved to the right. Despite another scare when Jouffre's shot was deflected by Raggi in the 28th minute, ASM took control of the match in the final 15 minutes of the first half. FCL 'keeper Chaigneau was called into action on more than one occasion, like when he was forced to punch clear in the 32nd minute. He then stood and watched as James's shot flashed just wide. But there was nothing he could do in the 41st minute when Germain made the most of good lead up play from Rivière to equalize with a crisp shot that flew in off the post. Like their opponents at the start of the match, ASM missed a great chance to score a second in quick succession. Receiving possession from Germain's pass, James beat Monnet-Paquet, but went for too much power against Chaigneau and the ball flew high…
The Moustoir exults
While Lorient's pressure after the restart wasn't as strong as the start of the first, it still took a great Subasic to deny Aliadière one-on-one. The ball broke back to Ecuele Manga, and the Croatian 'keeper was saved by Raggi, who cleared off his line (49'). On the hour mark, Rivière's shot shaved the post. Claudio Ranieri decided to give James a rest and introduced Dirar for his first match in Ligue 1. In the 65th minute, Chaigneau captured Moutinho's free-kick after the new sub was brought down. Les Merlus seemed less and less of a threat to Subasic's goal when suddenly, the 'keeper had to block Bourillon's shot. The defence was slow to react and Aboubakar picked up possession and found Aliadière who scored into an empty net. The Moustoir exploded in joy. Les Merlus were back in front with just 15 minutes left to play…
Kurzawa led the fight back
Les Monégasques threw everything at their hosts in the final minutes. Kondogbia forced Chaigneau into action from a free-kick, but the 'keeper was impeccable (77'). In the 84th minute, Dirar met Ocampos' cross, but he couldn't pick out Germain with his header… The final whistle was fast approaching when Aboubakar gave the defence another scare, only to miss the target. Time was almost up when Kurzawa led another raid down the left. He combined perfectly with Ocampos who played the ball back into the area and the full-back clinically side-footed home the equaliser (87'). His fourth goal of the season sent ASM into orbit and they went looking for an unlikely winner. In the 89th minute, Germain went close to his second of the night from a Martial pass. Unfortunately, it flew just wide… It was the final chance as Mr Desiage blew the final whistle for an entertaining match that neither side deserved to lose.