There are three stats in particular that really underline the home side’s supremacy in the game, and a fourth that goes some way to explaining why it still wasn’t quite enough to secure the three points.
1 – AS Monaco had the ball for a total of 29 minutes during the game, a clear 6 minutes more than their opponents. The home side gained possession a total of 135 times, compared with 125 for Lille (37 crosses to 8!).
- 2- While both sides enjoyed an identical degree of success with their passing accuracy, with 79% of passes completed, it was Monaco who racked up the higher number of attempted passes with 553 passes compared to Lille’s 366.
- 3 - AS Monaco mounted 99 attacking moves over the course of the 90 minutes, compared with just 73 for the visiting side, although it’s worth pointing out that Lille were defending a lead for almost 45 minutes.
4 – AS Monaco registered 13 shots, with Lille only managing 3. When it came to accuracy though, both teams were level pegging with 2 shots on target apiece. Had they been just a little more clinical, the Red & Whites might have taken the spoils...
Despite trailing at the break after a forgettable first-half performance, AS Monaco came out for the second 45 minutes looking much sharper. While overall possession was 55%/45% in the home side’s favour, Monaco clocked up 66% from the start of the second half until Berbatov’s equaliser (23 attacks to 8 between the 46th and 60th minutes). After the goal, Lille mounted a fightback in the second quarter-hour of the second half (and saw more of the ball with 53% possession between the 60th and 75th minutes). But the run of play swung back in AS Monaco’s favour in the final fifteen, as the home side enjoyed 67% possession to Lille’s 33%, notching 4 shots into the bargain, unfortunately none of them on target…
The crowd could be heard chanting Jérémy Toulalan’s name frequently and with good reason too, as the midfielder had a superb game, getting involved in 120 moves and making 39 defensive interventions, 31 of them successful (making 5 out of 5 attempted tackles!). He also clocked up 81 passes, 65 of them successful with an overall completion rate of 80%. And the icing on the cake? Not a single foul committed! Simply brilliant!