Moutinho replies to Devaux
After making the brighter start, the home side put Les Monegasque under pressure and received a first free-kick from the referee, Mr. Bastien. And Reims were rewarded for their positive opening when Devaux opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute, heading home beyond a helpless Subasic. Les Monégasques bounced back and received a free-kick of their own for a foul on Moutinho (13'). From the corner of the penalty box, the Portuguese international exacted the maximum punishment with a stunning free-kick that beat Agassa at his near post. By scoring his first goal for AS Monaco FC, Moutinho also became the first principality player other than Falcao and Rivière to score this season.
Wasted chances for ASM
The quick equaliser did little to calm the ardour of the hosts. The lively Devaux sent a missile toward goal that Subasic brilliantly pushed aside (22'). Fortes was then stopped in extremis by Ferreira-Carrasco, before the final 15 minutes of the first half were in Monaco's favour. Ocampos had three chances, only to be denied by Agassa and the home team's defence (33', 34', 40'). In the 42nd minute, Falcao played in Rivière one-on-one with Agassa but he pulled his shot wide. Then Falcao got the better of Turan after a great pass from Moutinho. But the Colombian failed to hit the target. The teams were locked 1-1 at the break.
YFC close to scoring
After the break, ASM went close to taking the lead through an excellent bit of play from Ferreira-Carrasco. The young Belgian turned the defence inside out before seeing his shot deflected behind for a corner (47'). Five minutes later, played in by Ocampos, YFC was back in the action, but Agassa was equal to the task. Shortly after the hour mark, Ocampos again tried his luck but the Togo 'keeper was there again. Reims also had their chances as Ayité controlled a through ball and sent his shot crashing against the crossbar (63')! After replacing Ferreira-Carrasco in the 68th minute, James was straight into the thick of thick of things. Picked out by Kurzawa in the box, he just failed to get a shot away, as Agassa was there and the referee didn't see anything wrong with the challenge (70'). In the 75th minute, Ocampos again found Agassa blocking his way to goal.
Agassa saves a point for his team
The hosts' 'keeper then managed to stop Fabinho's cross in the direction of Falcao (76'), and then saved a share of the spoils in denying Moutinho after good play from Falcao. The final frenzy saw an excellent Carvalho tackle stop a Reims attack (79'). And the Portuguese defender produced another goal-saving intervention in the 85th minute, helping out Subasic who had dived at the feet of De Préville. In between, Weber received a booking for dragging back Falcao, just as the Colombian was ready to bear down on goal. He may have escaped a red card, but his teammate Turan didn't as his was given his marching orders for a nasty tackle on James (87'). In the final seconds, Mr. Bastien ruled out a Falcao goal for an unintentional hand ball, before bringing this entertaining match to an end. AS Monaco FC return from the Delaune with a point that sees them maintain their lead atop the standings ahead of next Saturday's visit of Saint-Etienne to the Stade Louis II.