Starting XI: Benaglio – Glik, Jemerson, Sidibé – Henrichs, Tielemans, AIt-Bennasser, Serrano – Lopes, Sylla, Golovin
Without his newest signings while making up the 17th day of Ligue 1, Thierry Henry maintains his usual tactical pattern in 3-4-3 against Nice. Golovin is dangerous from the third minute of play. Moussa Sylla gets a ball in the penalty area and serves his Russian teammate. The latter gets closer to Walter Benitez, but he’s decisive on the ground on his right to make the save. At the half-hour mark, Saint-Maximin recovers the ball in the middle of the field and accelerates. He beats Benaglio for the 1-0 lead. Nice enters the break with the lead but with one less player following the red card of Sacko.
From the beginning of the second half, Monegasques are using their numerical advantage. On a corner played on the right by Rony Lopes, Benoît Badiashile jumps higher than Christophe Jallet and places a powerful header into the net. Benitez made contact with the ball in goal but it had crossed the line, with the ref getting the goal confirmed.
The 70th minute of play is marked by the successive entries into play of Djibril Sidibé and Radamel Falcao. This is good for Monegasques who have clearly taken over their opponents. Five minutes later, the referee whistles a questionable penalty after a foul by Badiashile on Atal. The impeccable Diego Benaglio goes to his right and saves the attempt of St. Maximim. AS Monaco is still in the game.
Late on, Falcao looked set to score the winner and beat Benitez, but the ball smashed off the left post. A 1-1 final score, the second consecutive draw for the men of Thierry Henry. Next appointment: this Saturday at 20h at the Stade Louis II against Strasbourg (L1 – J21)