Seemingly unperturbed by the artificial pitch at the Stade de Suisse, the Red & Whites began the match at full throttle. A cross from Dirar, two free kicks from out wide and a Moutinho corner in the first ten minutes led to nothing. Penned back in their own half, Young Boys managed to stage a breakout in the 11th minute through Nuzzolo, who registered the first shot of the match but was unable to find the target. With fifteen minutes gone, Cavaleiro and Dirar combined well, but the Swiss defence held firm.
AS Monaco on top, but unable to make the breakthrough
In the 20th minute, Sulejmani suddenly unleashed a strike from 20 yards out. The ball moved viciously in the air, but Subasic was not caught out. Despite that scare, AS Monaco continued to dominate their opponents in the first half, without finding a way through the Swiss back line. Two Moutinho corners came to nothing (23 and 36 mins) and it took until the 44th minute before Pasalic produced AS Monaco's first attempt on goal. The Croatian's effort sailed into Young Boys' kop end, and match referee Mr Jug sent the teams back to the dressing room moments later.
After the break, the situation became complicated for the Monegasques. Hoarau missed narrowly with a shot in the 49th minute, before Kubo hit the post with a superb volley. Young Boys were really going for it, and Hoarau came close to breaking the deadlock when he poked an excellent Nuzzolo cross just off target. Sulejmani then found himself with only Subasic to beat. The Monegasque 'keeper got something on the ball, but Sulejmani was able to get to the rebound. The entire stadium thought a goal was inevitable, but Kurzawa had followed up and somehow kept the ball out (62 mins)! Moments later, the French international went from saviour at one end, to hero at the other. Barely two minutes after making that crucial defensive intervention, Kurzawa met a Fabinho cross on the volley to give Mvogo no chance. Having been under the cosh, the Red & Whites found themselves in front at just the right time to calm the Bernese storm.
Carrillo and Pasalic add to the score
After coming on as a 71st minute substitute, Carrillo headed in a Moutinho free-kick to make it 2-0 just a minute later! A topsy-turvy period of play saw Nuzzolo convert a Sulejmani cross to reduce the deficit (74 mins), before Pasalic smashed a thunderous strike past a helpless Mvogo to give the visitor breathing space! After that flurry of four goals in just over ten minutes, AS Monaco controlled the matter stages of the game. Mvogo dealt with another header from Carrillo in the 86th minute, before blocking El Shaarawy's shot on 87 minutes. Young Boys mounted one last charge late on, and Subasic was forced to acrobatically push away a looping header from Nuzzolo. The scoreline remained unchanged, though, as AS Monaco secured their first win of the season, in the face of fierce opposition. Young Boys missed their chance in this first leg, while AS Monaco took theirs at the right time. The two sides will meet again at the Stade Louis-II in a week's time for the second leg.