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AS Monaco come from behind to win the big match against OM!

AS Monaco come from behind to win the big match against OM!
At the end of a match with a stunning turn of events, the Rouge et Blanc got the better of Olympique de Marseille (3-2), and got back to winning ways. Maghnes Akliouche impressed with two goals and an assist for Folarin Balogun.

Oh that feels good! At the end of a crazy match and after trailing twice in the first half, AS Monaco won against Marseille (3-2), at the Stade Louis-II. Led by an impressive Maghnes Akliouche with two goals and an assist, the Rouge et Blanc bounced back after the defeat against Nice and temporarily regained top spot. ✍️

The context 📅

It was the second Derby running for the Rouge et Blanc. Cruelly beaten in added time by Nice last Friday, (0-1),they want to bounce back against Olympique de Marseille, in order to temporarily regain top spot in the league table. But the task would not be easy against a team competing in the Europa League and who had just named Gennaro Gattuso on the bench in the middle of the week.

They will want to show their new coach that they are good players. But I have to say that it also depends a lot on us and our ability to develop our style of play. What is certain is that we want to show a reaction after the defeat in the Derby against Nice. This is a great opportunity to react.
Adi Hütter, in the pre-match press conferenceAS Monaco manager

The eleven 👥

Hoping to obtain a good result but  left short-handed with injuries and suspension, Adi Hütter decided to modify his system and switch to 3-4-1-2 with strike partnership of Wissam Ben Yedder and Folarin Balogun. They would be supported by Maghnes Akliouche. In defence, Ismail Jakobs had his first start of the season, while Denis Zakaria moved forward to midfield, allowing Guillermo Maripán to start in central defense.

The scenario 🎞

Picked off on the counter in the first minute of the match by Iliman Ndiaye, the AS Monaco players did not panic and moved forward. Their perseverance was rewarded a few minutes later by Maghnes Akliouche, who scored with his right foor at the near post (8′). It was his second goal of the season after doing the same in Clermont in the opening match of the league season. Shortly thereafter, Ismail Jakobs overhit his shot and missed the target (11′).

Balogun: a right hook then a knockout blow!

Playing well, the Rouge et Blanc were then pegged back again after a quarter of an hour of play. On a cross from Amine Harit, Samuel Gigot volleyed home to beat Philipp Köhn, who was powerless to keep out the defender’s effort (18′).

The match continued to be played at a crazy pace and the Principality club was once again level through Folarin Balogun, who after having turned Michael Murillo, senr a powerful strike past the near post (23′). Unhappy after facing Nice, where he had two missed penalties, the American striker made up for it in the best possible way!

Maghnes is very close to getting a double…

The match was now level, and almost at kick-off, our Monégasques were then very close to going in front thanks to their first two scorers of the evening, but they came up short against Pau Lopez from point blank range, in succession. The Spanish goalkeeper was also vigilant on a shot from the left by Vanderson, which lacked a little power (34′). The end of the first half was played to the advantage of Les Phocéen but they did not trouble the Monegasque goalkeeper.

until the 51st minute!

The start of the second half was balanced, until the 51st minute. That was the moment chosen by Wissam Ben Yedder and then Folarin Balogun to win an aerial duel and find Maghnes Akliouche at the edge of the area. The #MadeInLaDiagonale player didn’t hesitate to send a low half-volley into the Marseille net, to allow his team to take the lead, for what is his first career double (51′).

Now behind on the scoreboard, the visitors were forced to find their bearings and left space in behind. Played in behind the defense, the Monegasque number 29 crossed for his captain at the far post, whose shot across goal was pushed back for a corner by Pau Lopez (63′). Adi Hütter’s men try to manage their lead but were then close to being caught by a rapid attack. Fortunately, Vitinha’s shot was overhit (90′).

A provisional first place!

This stressful moment having passed, AS Monaco were not worried in added time and thus won 3-2 in this derby full of goals. The Rouge et Blanc therefore moved back into provisional first place before the match between Brest and Nice scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. After these two consecutive home matches, it’s time for a trip to Reims next Saturday (9 p.m.) for the last match before the international break. DAGHE LES GARS! 🇲🇨

Key moments 🎥

1′: Ndiaye opens the score from the right (0-1)
8′: Akliouche equalises with a shot at the near post (1-1)
11′: Jakobs overhits his effort after being well found by Balogun
18′: Marseille regains the lead through Gigot (1-2)
23′: Balogun levels the match with a powerful strike (2-2)
24′: Akliouche and then Balogun are denied by Lopez at close range
34′: A left-footed shot from Vanderson is on target but lacking power
51′: Akliouche gets his double with a half-volley from the left (3-2)
63′: Ben Yedder sees his shot across goal turned behind for a corner by Mbemba
90′: Vitinha’s strike across goal flashes wide

The stat 📊

Winners against Les Phocéens this Saturday, the Rouge et Blanc recorded their 200th victory since their return to Ligue 1 in 2013-2014. No team has done better, apart from Paris Saint-Germain.

📋 Match details

Saturday, September 30 septembre – Stade Louis-II

Ligue 1 – Matchday 7: AS Monaco 3-2 Olympique de Marseille

Halftime: 2-2

Goals: Akliouche (7′, 51′) Balogun (23′) for AS Monaco; Ndiaye (1′), Gigot (18′) for Marseille

Bookings: Fofana (42′), Zakaria (59′), Matazo (76′), Magassa (90+2′) for AS Monaco; Correa (54′), Gigot (59′), Correa (73′), Rongier (77′) for Marseille

AS Monaco: Köhn – Singo, Maripán, Magassa – Vanderson, Fofana, Zakaria (Camara, 90+3′), Jakobs (Diatta, 75′) – Akliouche (Matazo, 75′) – Balogun (Boadu, 83′), Ben Yedder ©

Substitutes: Majecki, Cartillier, Matsima, Camara, Diatta, Diop, Matazo, Boadu, Efekele

Manager: Adi Hütter

Olympique de Marseille: Lopez – Clauss, Mbemba, Gigot, Murillo – Veretout, Rongier, Ounahi (Vitinha, 83′) – Ndiaye (Harit, 48′), Aubameyang, Correa (Sarr, 75′)

Substitutes: Blanco, Balerdi, Meïté, Harit, Nadir, Tika, Mughe, Sarr, Vitinha

Manager: Gennaro Gattuso

Rise. Risk. Repeat.