Ligue 1 Uber Eats 19 February 2023, 18:30

AS Monaco avoids a trap in Brest to stay on the podium!

AS Monaco avoids a trap in Brest to stay on the podium!
Dominant from start to finish, the Rouge et Blanc quickly opened the scoring to efficiently win in Brest (0-2), and thus consolidate their place on the podium.

Mission accomplished in Brittany. Lacking success against Stade Brestois in recent years and with several injured players, this meeting was a dangerous one. However, the AS Monaco players managed to find solutions to neutralize a dangerous Brest (1-2). They made it a tenth match without defeat and earned a precious victory in the race for the podium.

The context 📅

Confident after wins against Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 (3-1) and Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League (2-3) earlier in the week, the Rouge et Blanc approached this 24th round of the season, away to Stade Brestois with confidence. They also had the desire to break a bad spell, as they had suffered two defeats during their last two trips to the Stade Francis-le-Blé.

They have very good organization and are very good against big teams like their results against Lens (1-1) and Lyon (0-0). But they are not only a side that defends because they play with attacking full-backs. They are also good with their crosses, they are one of the best teams in this regard; they have a lot of quality.
Philippe ClementOn Stade Brestois

The eleven 👥

For this match, Philippe Clement had to do without five players. He decided to organize his team in a 4-2-3-1 with some changes. Malang Sarr started in central defense, while Chrislain Matsima started at right back. Eliot Matazo started in midfield, while the duo of Ben Seghir and Wissam Ben Yedder was responsible for leading the Monegasque attack. For the rest, the eleven was identical to that against Bayer Leverkusen.

The scenario 🎞

After a battling start to the match between the two sides, it was the Brestois who proved dangerous on a cross by Romain Del Castillo for Jérémy Le Douaron who overhit his shot (8′). A few minutes later, the Monegasques gained momentum with first a long shot from Youssouf Fofana that went over (13′). It was the first dangerous opportunity for the Rouge et Blanc and capitain Wissam Ben Yedder.

Following a cross, he gathered the ball in the opposing area and shot at the feet of Marco Bizot who cleared (16′). The pace of the match dropped but it was the Rouge et Blanc who stood out several times (18′, 27′, 29′). Half an hour into the game, Alexander Nübel had to be alert this time, where Le Douaron had an effort before being signaled offside (31′). AS Monaco was then saved thanks to a heroic tackle by Axel Disasi (36′).

The Tsar silences the stadium

Five minutes from the end of the first half, the Monegasque attacking trio took matters into their own hands. Eliesse Ben Seghir, who had dribbled into the Brest area, combined with Wissam Ben Yedder who crossed with one touch for Aleksandr Golovin, unmarked at the penalty spot, who tapped the ball into the goal with his left foot (0-1, 40′)!

It was a goal that raised the Russian’s tally to six goals this season in the league. The captain of the Principality, he, already decisive with an assist three days ago against Bayer Leverkusen, once again did the same same for his fourth assist in Ligue 1 this season.

Myron “super sub” Boadu strikes again!

Upon returning from the locker room, the two teams took time to get back into the game and the pace dropped despite a few attempts from the Monegasques (47′, 55′) and then Brest (58′, 60′). Philippe Clement wanted to mix things up and made a double change less than 30 minutes from time with the entries of Breel Embolo and Myron Boadu (67′).

It was a choice that paid off since the two substitutes were quick to make the difference. First, the Swiss held the ball up well and found his friend with a long ball, who scored with a superb chipped finish that was eventually denied for offside (70′). It was only a postponement for him, though, since he was on the receiving end of a cross after a magnificent overlap by Chrislain Matsima on the right. The Dutchman then put the ball into the back of the net to score his second goal in Ligue 1 (0-2, 72′).


A provisional second place

The hosts reduced the deficit through Jérémy Le Douaron a few minutes from the end of the match (1-2, 86′). AS Monaco then missed the opportunity to redouble the lead in quick succession by Youssouf Fofana (88′) and Breel Embolo (89′). Put under pressure by Brestois who were pressing more and more (92′, 93′), Alexander Nübel and his teammates finally held on and ended up winning the match by showing their focus and courage (1-2).

The highlights 🎥

8′ Le Douaron overhits his recovery effort
16′ Ben Yeder sends a missile towards Bizot’s goal but it’s saved
40′ Golovin opens the scoring after a super cross from Ben Yedder. (0-1)
70′ Boadu beats Bizot with a chipped ball but his goal is disallowed for offside
72′ Boadu beats the Brest goalkeeper across goal to double the lead (0-2)
86′ Le Douaron cuts in at the near post and reduces the deficit (1-2)
89′ Embolo sees his shot blocked by Brassier

The stat 📊

You’re starting to get to know this statistic well, but you still can’t get enough of it. AS Monaco have now scored in each of their last 34 Ligue 1 games (77 goals), the longest running streak in the five major European leagues. The longer it goes…

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Match details

Sunday February 19 – Stade Francis-Le Blé

Ligue 1 – Matchday 24: Stade Brestois 1-2 AS Monaco

Halftime: 0-1

Goals: Le Douaron (86′) for Stade Brestois; Golovin (40′) and Boadu (73′) for AS Monaco

Bookings: Belkebla (42′) for Stade Brestois; Ben Yeder (66′) for AS Monaco

Stade Brestois: Bizot– Lala, Duverne, Hérelle (Dari 67′), Brassier– Del Castillo (Fadiga 78′), Camara (Dembélé 78′), Belkebla (Magnetti 61′), Lees-Melou © – Elis (Arconte 61′), Le Douaron

Substitutes: Blaequez, Dari, Chardonnet, Locko, Magnetti, Dembélé, Mounié, Arconte, Fadiga

Manager: Éric Roy

AS Monaco: Nübel – Matisma, Disasi, Sarr, C.Henrique – Diatta, Fofana, Matazo, Golovin (Jakobs, 79′) – Ben Yedder (Embolo 67′) ©, Ben Seghir (Boadu 67′)

Substitutes: Didillon, Diop, Jakobs, Okou, Akliouche, Camara, Minamino, Boadu, Embolo

Manager: Philippe Clement

Rise. Risk. Repeat.