Preparation 30 July 2023, 09:59

Pegged back by a rejuvenated Genoa, AS Monaco narrowly lose

Pegged back by a rejuvenated Genoa, AS Monaco narrowly lose
Surprised at the start of the game by a penalty generously awarded, the Rouge et Blanc came up against a very well organized Genoa team and finally conceded a narrow defeat (1-0).

On Saturday, AS Monaco suffered a narrow loss. Harried by a very lively Genoa team and stung by conceding  the opener from the penalty spot, the AS Monaco players finally lost by the smallest of margins (1-0).  📋

A revamped eleven

The day after a comeback win over Bologna (2-3), coach Adi Hütter gives playing time to a totally changed eleven. “Radeck” Majecki started in goal, Ritchy Valme and Soungoutou Magassa in a three-man defense, while the Volland – Ben Seghir duo lined up in support of Myron Boadu.

Genoa find the opener… from the penalty spot

In a very lively atmosphere, the match started strongly and the Monegasque goalkeeper was directly called into action on a strike from Puscas which he blocked (1′). Then came a header by Dragusin at the ensuing corner (2′). Very attacking, the Romanian central defender once again stood out in the air, without presenting danger for the Rouge et Blanc (9/). But it was finally on a rather severe penalty that Genoa struck first through Albert Gudmundsson (1-0, 17′).

Eliesse Ben Seghir leads the fightback

It even took a covering run and a superb tackle from Soungoutou Magassa to prevent George Puscas from worsening the deficit (24′). Then, Eliesse Ben Seghir sounded the alarm and had the first shooting chance from 25 meters (33′).

But Alberto Gilardino’s men were well organised at the back, and halftime came with this one-goal deficit. It would takes more than that, though, to discourage the playmaker trained at the Academy, who let fly with a very nice curling shot on the way back from the locker room, which barely went wide (52′).

A hard-to-break Genoa defence

It was then the turn of Kevin Volland to shoot from the edge of the area, but his attempt was blocked (64′). But the most dangerous Monegasque attacked remained our number 44, who again shot from afar and forced the Genoese goalkeeper to tip the ball over (75′).

Next: a big test against Arsenal!

The rhythm of the match then fell, with Genoa camped in their half of the pitch. That was until Radeck Majecki pulled out all the stops by deflecting a sharp effort by Filip Jagiello (84′). The scoreboard wouldn’t change further despite a great burst of energy from the Monegasque side.

AS Monaco thus conceded a narrow defeat (1-0). Join us next Wednesday as we face Arsenal in a massive match (kickoff is at 19:00).

📋 Match details:

Saturday, July 29 – Stade Luigi Ferraris

Friendly: Genoa CFC 1-0 AS Monaco

Halftime: 1-0

Goals: Gudmundsson (17′) for Genoa

Bookings: Camara (54′)

Genoa: Martinez – Hefti, Birashi, Bani ©, Dragusin, Martin – Strootman, Frendrup, Melegoni – Gudmundsson, Puscas 

Substitutes: Leali, Calvani, Sommariva, Sabelli, Coda, Aramu, Vogliacco, Retegui, Vasquez, Jagiello, Yeboah, Ilsanker, Yalcin

Manager: Alberto Gilardino

AS Monaco: Majecki – Magassa, Disasi ©, Valme – Vanderson, Camara (Coulibaly, 85′), Lemarechal, Jakobs – Volland, Ben Seghir – Boadu (Efekele, 81′)

Substitutes: Lienard, Babaï, Bery, Coulibaly, Efekele

Manager: Adi Hütter