This was the first time in nine European games this season that AS Monaco drew a blank. And yet the Red & Whites had 21 shots, their highest total in this UEFA Europa League campaign. Only Marseille have racked up more attempts without scoring in a Europa League game in 2015-2016, with 33 against Slovan Liberec.
Ten of AS Monaco’s 21 efforts came from inside the Anderlecht penalty area. Just five of the 21 were on target, a stat which proved a crucial to the outcome.
The Red & Whites enjoyed almost 55% possession and won over 60% of their individual battles on the pitch. They also won 15 corners, compared with just one for their opponents. And yet…
Silvio Proto was man of the match. Though not always confident with his feet, the 32 year-old Belgian ‘keeper made five vital saves to frustrate the Monegasque attackers. In particular, he kept out three Stephan El Shaarawy efforts that were heading in!
Having already netted in the reverse fixture, former Bastia player Guillaume Gillet opened the scoring with a splendid strike at the end of the first half. The Belgian full-back has scored four of Anderlecht’s eight goals in the UEFA Europa League.