While Placide was the first goalkeeper into action in this game, punching clear a good cross from Dirar, the first chance of the afternoon fell to Reims, as Oniangue met the ball in the penalty area and sent in a header that shaved Subasic's crossbar (3 mins). AS Monaco looked to respond almost immediately with a shot from Toulalan that Placide just about managed to beat away. The game had started in lively fashion, and in the 10th minute, De Préville found himself one-on-one with Subasic. Fortunately, the Monegasque 'keeper came out on top in his duel with the Reims striker. From the following phase of play, Carrillo found Dirar with a fine pass and the Moroccan volleyed a cross towards Silva, who was able to run onto the ball and place an unstoppable header past Placide to break the deadlock. It was Dirar's fourth assist in Ligue 1, and Silva's third goal!
Carrillo hits the woodwork twice!
Having got their noses in front, the visitors looked to control the first half and carved out another opening in the 22nd minute, Dirar serving up a great ball for Carrillo, who was tackled at the last moment. After De Préville sent a shot past the far post (23 mins) and Pasalic missed the target with another effort (36 mins), the Argentine forward went close again from a Moutinho corner (37 mins). Carrillo beat everyone to the ball in the area, but saw his header cannon back off the post. Dirar had followed up but could only send his attempt into the stands. Just before the break, the unlucky Carrillo smacked a low strike towards goal but was denied by the post yet again! Frustration for AS Monaco, as referee Mr Schneider blew for half-time.
Devaux sees red
The first chance of the second half fell to Pasalic in the Reims box, but the Croatian was tackled just as he shaped to shoot from close to the penalty spot! He got into another good position on the right of the box on 52 minutes, but sent his effort narrowly over the top. In the 66th minute, Dirar struck a powerful shot that Placide had to scramble away, and with Silva and Carrillo following in, Signorino managed to get to the loose ball first and clear! Three minutes later, Devaux picked up a second booking for a tackle from behind on Dirar just outside the area. The stage seemed set for AS Monaco to make their numerical superiority tell in the late stages of the game, but it was Reims who took control of proceedings in the final quarter-hour.
Subasic saves the day!
In the 72nd minute, Subasic saved a deflected effort from Charbonnier, before Carvalho intervened to deny Siebatcheu. The home side were close to an equaliser, and came even closer right at the death. After AS Monaco spurned three glorious chances on the counter, including a one-on-one for Dirar who had only Placide to beat, Siebatcheu saw his strike pushed onto the post by Subasic in the last minute of stoppage time! From the rebound, the ball fell to the Reims striker who missed with his second attempt. Relief for Jérémy Toulalan and his teammates, who ended a series of three consecutive draws to claim a valuable win that puts them right back in the race for a podium place.