Well into stoppage time at the end of an absorbing contest, and there was just time for one last overlap from Monaco full-back Layvin Kurzawa, who was a real thorn in Montpellier's right-hand side all night long. His cracking pass found teammate Valère Germain, who was perfectly placed and clinically side-footed home. Jourdren in the Montpellier goal was beaten for only the second time this season at La Mosson… And after Bordeaux on matchday one, AS Monaco breached the second best defence in Ligue 1. For the third successive game, Leonardo Jardim's men sneaked a 1-0 win.
A deserved victory
With overall possession of 59%, AS Monaco were well worth the three points as they imposed themselves on their hosts from start to finish. Moutinho was the first to try his luck - twice, on 16 and 20 minutes - but lacked the killer touch.
Bérigaud then had the ball in the net with a cheeky heel flick, but it was ruled out for a clear offside. AS Monaco were working hard and continued to dominate, with their pass and move approach causing real problems for the Montpellier defence. But despite showing impressive accuracy with three-quarters of their shots on target in the first half, the visitors were unable to make the breakthrough their play merited.
Scoreless at the break
The tempo eased up in the second half as both sides took their foot off the gas, the heavy schedule taking its toll on energy levels. Montpellier were content to sit back, soak up the pressure and hit their opponents on the break. Former Monegasque Camara saw one powerful header blocked (66 mins), while another brushed Suba's left upright (78 mins).
Toulalan provided AS Monaco's response with a splendid volley from the edge of the area that was cleared off the line by some last-ditch Montpellier defending.
A cool finish
On 88 minutes and with the game seemingly headed for a goalless draw, Leonardo Jardim played his final card, sending on Valère Germain to replace Geoffrey Kondogbia in an attacking substitution intended to snatch the points ...And we know what happened next. Layvin bagged his second assist of the season, Valère claimed his first goal and Monaco secured yet another 1-0 win, their third on the bounce...
Monaco are now 11th in the Ligue 1 table, just three points off the top three >>> STANDINGS