It seemed the unlikeliest of scenarios when match referee Mr Turpin sent the teams back to the dressing rooms at half-time. Trailing by two goals to nil despite having started the game well, the Red & Whites looked incapable of turning things around in the face of the Montpellier onslaught. An hour later, the players could be proud of the determination they displayed in coming back to claim victory in this match...
A first half to forget
Bérigaud lit the blue touch paper with a first attempt in the 9th minute, following up with another on 11 minutes, but Subasic did superbly to repel the danger on both occasions. Unfortunately, the Croatian 'keeper could do nothing about Congré's 26th minute goal. Still on the ground after diving to claw away a header from Hilton, he could only watch helplessly as Montpellier opened the scoring. Misfortune then struck again in the 45th minute. From Boudebouz' free kick, Yatabaré got the flick-on and the ball deflected off Carrillo's back and past Danijel Subasic.
Coentrao starts the comeback
With Silva coming on in place of Cavaleiro at the break, AS Monaco looked a different side as they began the second half at La Mosson. Inside twelve minutes, Coentrao netted from Lemar's corner to pull one back and give the Red & Whites hope. Seven minutes later, Lemar was once again instrumental as he met a low cross from Dirar at the far post to equalise. The visitors had done the hard part…
Epic end to the game
Suddenly galvanised, the Monegasques now began to outclass their opponents in every aspect of the game. In the 81st minute, Silva came close to claiming the third goal but saw his header narrowly turned behind for a corner by Ligali. El Shaarawy and Lemar then threatened the minutes that followed, but Montpellier defended well. The final twist of an epic match came in stoppage time right at the end, when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Ligali had tangled with Coentrao in the area. Fabinho kept his cool to convert the spot kick and secure all three points for AS Monaco. There are nights when teams are born… And the Red & Whites will be looking to build on tonight's win when the face Guingamp, at 17.00 on Sunday!