AS Monaco kicked off the game and inside the first few seconds, Dirar made an overlapping run down the right, but was unable to get his cross in. Bastia were also quick out of the blocks, with a half-volley from Raspentino shaving Subasic’s post in the 2nd minute, before Palmieri picked up the ball on the left of the Monegasque box. Subasic held onto his shot at the second time of asking. With fifteen minutes on the clock, Dirar was brought down outside the Bastia penalty area, but Fabinho sent his free-kick into the wall.
Boschilia and Touré go close
With the half-hour mark approaching, Boschilia missed a great chance to break the deadlock as he scooped a cross-shot from Traoré over the bar with the goal gaping (28 mins). Moments later the visitors were forced into a change as Coentrao, who had injured himself taking a free kick, came off to be replaced by Silva. Straight into action down the left in the 35th minute, he found the head of Touré, but the Monegasque right-back’s effort skimmed the outside of Leca’s left-hand post. That was to be the final chance of a first half that was largely controlled by AS Monaco.
Fabinho puts it on a plate
After the break, AS Monaco took the game by the scruff of the neck. Traoré darted into the Bastia area but lost possession as he shaped to shoot (47 mins). Then he got on the end of a Touré cross, but was unable to keep his header down (61 mins), and a few minutes later his layoff in the area could only find Cioni (65 mins). But the Ivorian was rewarded for his endeavours in the 72nd minute. After Fabinho turned the Bastia defence inside out, he collected the ball on the edge of the six yard box and poked the ball past Leca from close range to open the scoring. Bastia looked to respond but the Monegasque defending was imperious, as demonstrated when Subasic came out of his goal to clear from Romain on one of the home side’s rare incursions.
Traoré helps himself to a second!
In the 84th minute, Traoré bagged his second goal of the night, rounding off a superb Monaco counter-attack. Dirar sent Traoré running through, and the Ivorian held the ball up for Silva, who found Lemar. The U21 international crossed for Dirar, who headed the ball down for Traoré to steer into the empty net and apply the finishing touch to a brilliant textbook move! It proved enough to secure all three points for AS Monaco, as Romain’s consolation goal in the 90th minute proved academic. Their seventh win of the season takes AS Monaco up to 4th in the table, ahead of Nice and Lyon. The Red & Whites are now just a single point off the top three, and two points off second spot!