In their first match back in Ligue 1 for the New Year, both sides made a prudent start and it took until the eighth minute for the first real attack of the match and a timid strike from Cabella that Carvalho turned behind for a corner. Les Monégasques responded on the quarter-hour when Jourdren was called into action to punch over a Moutinho missile. Despite these two efforts, chances were few and far between in the first half. Lively on the left flank, Kurzawa got on the end of a long cross to the edge of the area but his first-time volley in the 28th minute sailed wide.
Subasic saves his side
ASM appeared to have taken control of the game and there was a moment of panic in the Montpellier box as the ball went back and forth across the face of goal before Falcao tried his luck with a shot on the turn that failed to trouble the MHSC 'keeper. In the 33rd minute Kurzawa produced a great tackle on Cabella, before the latter wasted the best chance of the match just before half-time. Benefitting from an unintentional deflection, Cabella found himself one-on-one with Subasic and the ASM 'keeper saved his side with a sliding tackle. It was Montpellier's only real chance of the half.
Niang answered Kurzawa
After the break, Montpellier lifted their game. It took two brilliant saving interceptions from Toulalan from Cabella to clear the danger. In the 50th minute, ASM scrambled clear another corner and Congré's follow-up shot was off target. After weathering the storm, ASM made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute. Kurzawa met James' free-kick with a header that looped over Jourdren! Stunned by the opener, the home side lost their way and Monaco took control. MHSC looked to hit on the counter and it paid off when Cabella earned a penalty off Abidal. While Subasic saved Niang's initial effort, the striker banged home the rebound (68').
Jourdren denies YFC
From the following kick-off, Rivière went close to firing AS Monaco FC straight back in front, but he dragged his shot wide have circumnavigated the entire Montpellier defence. Falcao almost turned it home but he was just too short. Montpellier continued to sit deep and get forward quickly as soon as they won back the ball. Subasic blocked another Cabella shot in the 75th minute, while Jourdren saw a Moutinho effort flash just wide of the mark. While Montpellier seemed happy to settle for the draw, it took another Jourdren save in the 90th minute to palm out a powerful shot from Ferreira Carrasco (who replaced Obbadi in the 72nd minute). It was the last chance of a match that finished in a frustrating 1-1 draw for Les Asémistes who had appeared to have done the hardest part in opening the scoring.