James strikes again
Wearing their all-white away strip, Les Asémistes took the kick and took control of proceedings from the first whistle. It didn't take long for the visitors to open the scoring through James in the 6th minute. Moutinho's ball forward was touched on by Raggi, and the Colombian gave Veronese absolutely no chance with a consummate finish inside the far post for his second Ligue 1 goal. Monaco were on the right track but Subasic still had to save from Eysseric in the eighth minute. In the 11th minute, it was Veronese's turn to shine as he tipped Moutinho's lob behind as it headed for the top corner.
Magnificent Rivière header
With 15 minutes gone, Nice started to come back into the game, only to be caught out a second time in the 23rd minute. At the end of a superb team move, Rivière met Martial's cross and sent his towering header sailing inside the far post. The Allianz Riviera was stunned, but Les Aiglons weren't about to throw in the towel. It took two more fine Subasic stops to keep out Cvitanich (25') and Eysseric (28'). The final chance of the first half was for Monaco (38'). After more excellent lead up play from James, Rivière found himself one-on-one with Veronese, but his chip landed just the wrong the side of the crossbar. The half-time whistle ensured ASM were enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.
The away side remained in total control of the match throughout the second half. In the 51st minute, James went close to doubling the advantage, but his effort curled just wide of the top corner. Then it was Rivière who went close when he was felled in the box when rounding Véronese, only for referee, Mr Lannoy, to wave play on. After coming on in the 68th minute, Ocampos' first effort three minutes later was blocked. James then twice fired wide on the left side of the box. With just minutes remaining, but Ocampos and Germain needed to receive treatment for cut heads... but they were quickly back on the pitch.
Ocampos rewarded for his efforts
After an explosive introduction off the bench, the Argentine received his reward in the 89th minute. He dispossessed Bodmer on the edge of the area before dribbling Véronese and passing the ball into the empty net, right in front of the travelling supporters. The players and supporters enjoyed the moment and at the final whistle, the Allianz Riviera stadium tried to drown out the Monégasques supporters chanting. The players headed back to the changing room while the supporters sang 'We're are right at home here'. It was a third consecutive victory and a third consecutive clean sheet for AS Monaco FC who now sit third, eight points above fourth in Ligue 1. The next match is this Sunday at 21:00 versus AC Ajaccio.