En Avant sit back...
This penultimate match of the season at the Stade Louis-II began with a nice gesture from ASM captain Jérémy Toulalan who handed Guingamp captain Lionel Mathis a congratulatory bunch of flowers after their victory in the Coupe de France. However on the pitch it was a less attractive proposition with the Brittany outfit defending very deep and while it allowed Les Rouge et Blanc all the ball, there was very little space for Bertatov and Co.. EAG defender Sorbon was right on the very limit with his tackles on the Bulgarian ace. The first chances of the match started to filter through after 15 minutes and they were in favour of AS Monaco. A Berbatov header flew off target in the 13th minute before Elderson saw his shot blocked (15'). As the ball broke, Guingamp looked to hit on the counter, but Toulalan stopped Yatabaré in the centre circle to the relief of the public.
Subasic does the job against Giresse
The first chance for Guingamp arrived shortly afterwards with a header wide from Beauvue (20') and another raid from Yatabaré that this time found Carvalho in his path. As usual, the Portuguese defender's tackle was perfect. Then with five minutes to go in the first half, Guingamp launched another counterattack that ended with Giresse whose powerful shot was brilliantly saved by Subasic. The Croatian goalkeeper then saw a Mathis missile shave the outside of his right-hand upright. The last chance of the opening 45 minutes came Monaco's way as Berbatov's header flew over Samassa's goal. It was scoreless as the two sides headed to the break.
The second half was a far more lively affair. It started with Raggi charging forward. The Italian fell in the area after contact with Lévêque, but the reeferee, Mr Lannoy waved play on. In the 57th minute, Toulalan produced a magnificent volley from Moutinho's corner, but it flashed agonizingly wide of the top corner of Samassa's goal. Samassa then saved a Moutinho header (62'). AS Monaco continued to dominate without finding a way through, Raggi headed over another Moutinho corner. In the 73e minute, James' well-placed free-kick flicked up off the wall and behind for another corner. The Colombian was then replaced by Dirar.
Atik replies to Berbatov
The Moroccan wasimmediately into the action. After some lovely lead-up play down the right wing, he clipped in a cross onto the head of Berbatov to open the scoring (76'). With ten minutes left, Samassa was called into action with another Moutinho shot. Guingamp hadn't had a single chance of the second half but still managed to equalise courtesy of an opportunistic Atik strike in the 85th minute. The final minutes were marked by an impressive collision between Toulalan and Diallo, that knocked out the ASM skipper - by far the best player on the park and saw the EAG midfielder sent off, just moments after coming on. There was no further change to the scoring as EAG got the draw they were looking for and PSG were guaranteed the championship. It was a disappointing result for Les R&B, but the club's objectives have been met, and that's the most important thing...