In a half-empty Stadium, partly thanks to ongoing renovation work, AS Monaco made a patient start to the game as they waited for an opportunity. Toulouse, on the other hand, launched straight into action and fashioned an opening when Ben Yedder was thwarted by Subasic inside the 5th minute, before Braithwaite then sent a header wide. The Monegasque response came on 12 minutes, when Carillo got his head to a long-range free-kick from Bahlouli, but the Argentine’s attempt skimmed the top of Goicoechea’s crossbar. El Shaarawy also had a headed effort, but failed to trouble the Toulouse ‘keeper (23 mins).
El Shaarawy denied by Goicoechea
The Red & Whites looked to be on their way in the game when Braithwaite launched a counter-attack and won a free-kick following an obstruction by Toulalan to the left of the box. Doumbia was first to the ensuing set piece to open the scoring from close range. Rattled, the Monegasques failed to threaten for a lengthy spell after the goal, and it wasn’t until the 39th minute that El Shaarawy found himself one-one-one with Goicoechea after a gold-plated pass from Dirar. The Italian’s effort was struck with force, but the ‘keeper was in the way. The final chance of the first half fell to the visitors, as Carrillo headed over the bar. Toulouse went in at the break a goal to the good, and looked to be well worth their lead...
Lemar comes off the bench to equalise!
The home side started the second half the same way they had begun the first, winning two consecutive corners straight from the kick-off. Subasic managed to claim the second of them. In spite of it all, AS Monaco carved out a golden opportunity in the 55th minute. Goicoechea got in a tangle with Kana-Biyik as they both went for the same aerial ball, which eventually ended up at the feet of Dirar. But with the goal to aim at, the Moroccan was unable to control his volley and fired over the top! Two minutes later, it was Braithwaite’s turn to spurn a good situation for Toulouse... And he was back in the action in the 64th minute, sending a shot narrowly wide after being set up well by Trejo. AS Monaco were up against it, but Lemar, who had just come on as a substitute for Bahlouli, drew his side level in the 65th minute. The former Caen player bamboozled the defenders just outside the area, before battering a low shot past Goicoechea to mark his first appearance for the Red & Whites with a goal!
Braithwaite makes a nuisance of himself!
The AS Monaco fans had barely had time to savour their side’s fine equaliser, when Braithwaite was back causing problems for the visitors’ defence yet again, the Toulouse striker forcing Subasic into a diving save to turn the ball behind (66 mins)! From the resulting corner, Braithwaite again threatened, but this time his shot went well wide (67 mins). AS Monaco responded immediately with a darting run from Kurzawa, who cut the ball back to Carrillo. The Argentine unleashed a thunderous effort, but Matheus put his body on the line to make the block and prevent a second Monegasque goal (68 mins). The Red & Whites controlled the final stages of the game, but were unable to find a way through. The last chance of the night went to Toulouse and inevitably Braithwaite, once again on the counter-attack. Under pressure from Toulalan, he could only find the side netting from a tight angle. The final score was 1-1, a fair result given the pattern of the match. The Red & Whites now face a daunting few days, as they prepare to host Valencia on Tuesday, with PSG to come on Sunday. There’s a tough week ahead!