Ligue 1 – Conforama 13 January 2019, 23:45

Report: A point in Marseille

Report: A point in Marseille
Led by a goal from Youri Tielemans, AS Monaco earned a point in Marseille.

Starting XI: Benaglio – Glik, Naldo, B. Badiashile – Henrichs, Ballo-Touré – Tielemans, Fàbregas, Ait-Bennasser – Lopes, Golovin

For this first match kicking off the second half of Ligue 1 (J20), Thierry Henry aligns a team with three of his new recruits: Naldo, Ballo-Toure and Fàbregas. Organized in 3-4-1-2, the Monegasques leave the ball to the hosts early in the game. Maxime Lopez took the opportunity a quarter of an hour in shooting on a poor clearance from the Red & White. Benaglio is on the trajectory but can only scratch the leather of the ball. 1-0 for OM.

With Naldo and Ballo-Touré, Fàbregas makes his debut in Ligue 1 in the jersey of AS Monaco.

In the wake of the goal, the teammates of Golovin react. The Russian, back after four games of suspension, is close to potentially scoring but is caught at the last moment by Luiz Gustavo (16′). The left-sided midfielder is then found in the 38th minute of play. His cross from the left side finds Henrichs on the right. The defender leaves the ball to Tielemans who pierce the nets of Marseille with a fine hit. That is already his fifth goal for the Belgian in Ligue 1 this season. 1-1 at the break.

Henrichs receives a Golovin cross and plays Tielemans.
The Belgian finishes his shot at the entrance to the surface.
His shot tricks Mandanda. AS Monaco finds the equalizer.
Collective joy.
This is already the 5th goal this season in L1 for Youri Tielemans.
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Thierry Henry’s men continue to put pressure on Marseille in the second half. Ballo-Toure takes his left lane and tumbles towards the box. He sends a millimeter pass to Golovin. He beats Mandanda but his shot hits the post (51′). Little action until now, Diego Benaglio shines on a hit from Payet at the hour of play. The Swiss goalkeeper was again in the heart of the action in the 75th minute of play. Thauvin thinks he doubled the score but VAR shows Ocampos stepping on Benaglio, and the goal is overturned and ruled out.

A foul and yellow card for Ocampos on Diego Benaglio. 

The last big occasion of the game for the Monegasques is from the work of Tielemans. Beautifully done by Fabregas in the Marseille penalty area to find Tielemans, the midfielder controls and hits. But his ball misses Mandanda’s goal. A final score of 1-1. Next game is on Wednesday with the reception of  OGC Nice in a make-up from Matchday 17.

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