At a pre-match press conference, Aleksandr Golovin gave a warning that he was motivated to play in these last three fixtures. He proved it this Sunday against Stade Rennais in his team’s 2-1 victory. It was a result that allowed AS Monaco to keep hold of third place with one round remaining, as they currently sit one point ahead of Lyon, and will continue to dream of the Champions League.
A cleverly weighted assist
Back in Niko Kovac’s starting XI, the Russian international (36 caps, 5 goals) was decisive twice in the span of just 13 minutes of play in the first half. In the 16th minute, he first slipped in Wissam Ben Yedder with perfect timing, springing the offside trap.
The pass left the Monegasque striker one-on-one against Alfred Gomis, who he beat with a subtle chip. The midfielder thus recorded his 9th assist of the season, and his 8th in 2021, more than any other player in Ligue 1 during that period.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) May 16, 2021
A goal with a bit of luck
Confident after this assist, he then received a ball from Youssouf Fofana 25 meters from the Rennes goal. After a bit of skill to turn Steven Nzonzi, the Monegasque number 17 fired a low shot into the net.
It was slightly deflected by Damien Da Silva, and it beat the Breton goalkeeper who had dived to the other side (29′), catching him off guard. Aleksandr Golovin had scored a crucial goal, his 5th of the season in the league.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) May 16, 2021
In the MPG Team of the Round
Decisive 14 times this season (5 goals, 9 assists), the Tsar has now reached a record for a Russian player in the five major European championships, being involved in the most goals since Andrey Arshavin with Arsenal in 2010-2011 (17).
His good performance earned him a place in the MPG Team of the weekend, with a score of 7, as well as the title of MVP of the match as voted on by you, the Rouge et Blanc supporters, on the AS Monaco APP with 70% of voice. He thus won his third trophy of the season, after having previously done so against Reims and Nîmes.
Bravo Aleksandr !
☕️ Le Top 𝑴𝑷𝑮 du week-end de la @Ligue1UberEats
— MPG & MPP ⚽️ (@MonPetitGazon) May 17, 2021
2020-2021 MVP Recap
(J1) AS Monaco 2-2 Stade de Reims : Axel Disasi (1) et Aleksandr Golovin (1)
(J2) FC Metz 0-1 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (1)
(J3) AS Monaco 2-1 FC Nantes : Cesc Fàbregas (1)
(J4) Stade Rennais 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
(J5) AS Monaco 3-2 RC Strasbourg : Wissam Ben Yedder (2)
(J6) Stade Brestois 29 1-0 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (1)
(J7) AS Monaco 1-1 Montpellier HSC : Wissam Ben Yedder (3)
(J8) Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (4)
(J9) AS Monaco 4-0 Girondins de Bordeaux : Wissam Ben Yedder (5)
(J10) OGC Nice 1-2 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (2)
(J11) AS Monaco 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain : Kevin Volland (1)
(J12) AS Monaco 3-0 Nîmes Olympique : Sofiane Diop (3)
(J13) Lille OSC 2-1 AS Monaco : Pietro Pellegri (1)
(J14) Olympique de Marseille 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (6)
(J15) AS Monaco 0-3 RC Lens : Ruben Aguilar (1)
(J16) Dijon FCO 0-1 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (2)
(J17) AS Monaco 2-2 Saint-Etienne : Gelson Martins (1)
(J18) FC Lorient 2-5 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(J19) AS Monaco 3-0 SCO Angers : Kevin Volland (3)
(J20) Montpellier HSC 2-3 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (7)
(J21) AS Monaco 3-1 Olympique de Marseille : Aurélien Tchouameni (1)
(J22) FC Nantes 1-2 AS Monaco : Guillermo Maripán (1)
(J23) AS Monaco 2-1 OGC Nice :Wissam Ben Yedder (8)
(J24) Nîmes Olympique 3-4 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(CDF Round of 64) Grenoble Foot 38 0-1 AS Monaco : Stevan Jovetić (1)
(J25) AS Monaco 2-2 FC Lorient : Wissam Ben Yedder (9)
(J26) Paris Saint-Germain 0-2 AS Monaco : Guillermo Maripán (2)
(J27) AS Monaco 2-0 Stade Brestois 29 : Stevan Jovetić (2)
(J28) RC Strasbourg 1-0 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (2)
(CDF Round of 32) OGC Nice 0-2 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (4)
(J29) AS Monaco 0-0 Lille : Aurélien Tchouameni (2)
(J30) AS Saint-Étienne 0-4 AS Monaco : Aurélien Tchouameni (3)
(J31) AS Monaco 4-0 FC Metz : Wissam Ben Yedder (10)
(CDF Round of 16) AS Monaco 0-0 (5 TAB à 4) FC Metz : Youssouf Fofana (1)
(J32) AS Monaco 3-0 Dijon FCO : Wissam Ben Yedder (11)
(J33) Girondins de Bordeaux 0-3 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (5) et Aurélien Tchouameni (4)
(CDF Quarterfinals) Olympique Lyonnais 0-2 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (12)
(J34) SCO Angers 0-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (13)
(J35) AS Monaco 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais : Wissam Ben Yedder (14)
(J36) Stade de Reims 1-0 AS Monaco : Eliot Matazo (1)
(CDF Semifinals) Rumilly Vallières 1-5 AS Monaco : Cesc Fàbregas (2)
(J37) AS Monaco 2-1 Stade Rennais : Aleksandr Golovin (3)