Although the rain had stopped falling on Lille, the roof of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy was closed for this game. The symbolic kick-off was taken by Éric Abidal, who played for both clubs during his career. When the match got under way, the home side looked to put the well-drilled Monaco defence under heavy pressure from the off. Koubemba had the first shot in anger, dealt with Subasic (17 mins). Despite that opening, both sides struggled to carve out chance during the first half-hour.
Solid at the back, timid going forward…
There were 37 minutes on the clock before AS Monaco mounted their first incursion into the Lille box, with Carrasco launching a counter-attack from the centre-circle. At the end of a superb team move Silva found Dirar in the penalty area, but unfortunately for the visitors, the Moroccan was unable to control his side-footed volley. Aside from a few wide free-kicks for LOSC, all of which were cleared efficiently by the Monegasque defence, there was little other action to report in the first half.
'Berba' heads AS Monaco in front!
The Red & Whites came out for the second half with a more enterprising attitude, and created a golden opportunity within two minutes of the restart. Moutinho collected an inch-perfect pass from Silva but sent the ball over the bar. The Portuguese pair were back in the thick of the action a minute later, but this time Berbatov was flagged offside. The Bulgarian was having a relatively quiet game, but popped up on 56 minutes to head home a wide free-kick from Carrasco! AS Monaco were well worth their lead, having dominated the second half.
The invincible Red & Whites go marching on!
Lille hadn't had their last word, however. Koubemba struck a shot wide on 70 minutes, before the home side had the ball in the net only for Sidibé to be ruled offside (78 mins). In between, Berbatov passed up a chance to double his tally as he missed a volley after a good cross from Fabinho (75 mins). As the match headed into the last ten minutes, things became somewhat frenetic. Toulalan came to his side's rescue as he threw himself in front of a shot from Boufal on 84 minutes. Then Carrasco (85 mins) and Martial (88 mins) both squandered great opportunities to give the visitors breathing space. Fortunately, AS Monaco were not made to rue those missed chances as they successfully defended their lead until the final whistle, racking up a seventh consecutive match without defeat in Ligue 1, with Danijel Subasic notching his seventh clean sheet in a row.