Gambardella Cup 29 April 2023, 20:31

In a lively match, AS Monaco wins the Coupe Gambardella!

In a lively match, AS Monaco wins the Coupe Gambardella!
At the end of a crazy match full of goals, our Monegasque youngsters beat Clermont (4-2) and lifted the fifth Coupe Gambardella in the Club's history!

They did it! Dominant throughout the match, the AS Monaco U-18s won the 2022-2023 edition of the Coupe Gambardella. In this final, Frédéric Barilaro decided to play again a 4-3-3 with two changes compared to the team who beat Pau in the semifinals. Mathis Coudour and Lucas Michal came in on the right flank, while Joan Tincres would lead the line.

A poorly rewarded period of domination

Uninhibited by playing in an 80,000-seat stadium, the Monegasques started the game with a big chance as a result of strong play by Tincres. Unfortunately, his shot hit the post (4′). He remained lively, though, and would soon see a goal be flagged off for offisde by Dan Sinaté (6′).

Frédéric Barilaro’s players then pushed hard to open the scoring but they were caught out on a corner by Robin Pages, who scored on a favorable counterattack (14′). It was an unfortunate goal that did not destabilize the Principality side, who kept getting forward and were rewarded shortly after the twentieth minute by Mayssam Benama.

Benama and Tincres, the winning combination

Well found near the penalty spot by Saïmon Bouabré, our number six scored with his right foot, putting the ball in off the crossbar (22′). It was a fifth goal for him, having been the Rouge et Blanc‘s best scorer in the competition. After opening the scoring, they would even go ahead three minutes later through Joan Tincres, who scored after a fabulous bit of skill cutting in from the right (25’).

Already having scored in the semifinals, the native of Mantes-la-Jolie did it again in the final! Reinvigorated by taking the lead, our youngsters continued to be dangerous and Lucas Michal won a penalty. Unfortunately, the shot from the first scorer of the day was stopped by Théo Ramousse, who dove to his right  (34′).

The perfect connection between Michal and Bouabré

Ahead by a goal at the break, La Diagonale were then close to being surprised after the break on a free kick from 18 meters taken by Mohamed-Amine Bouchenna. Taken on the goalkeeper’s side, his attempt would go slightly over the bar (50′). After this scare, our youngsters would double the lead seven minutes later through Saïmon Bouabré, who was well-found by Lucas Michal at the far post (57′).

And while we thought we had done the hardest thing, the opponents would reduce the lead through Colas Chastang, who popped up  to score from a knock-on at a free kick from range (64′). It was then necessary for Ethan Schulz in goal to do well to prevent Clermont scoring an equalizer (70′), (71′) from a pair of long-range efforts.

A goal to seal a fifth title by Cabral

These attempts had the gift of waking up the players of Frédéric Barilaro. On a cross from Mathis Coudour, goalkeeper Théo Ramousse hesitated in the air, and Pape Cabral took advantage of this at the far post to score with his right foot (82′). This fourth goal thus sealed the match; all the team had to do was manage the match so confirm a magnificent run in tournament.

AS Monaco thus won 4-2 against Clermont Foot in this final of the Coupe Gambardella, winning the competition for the fifth time after 1962, 1972, 2011 and 2016. The Principality club is now the second-most successful team in the competition’s history, behind only Auxerre (7).


Match deails

Saturday, April 29 – Stade de France

Coupe Gambardella – Final: Clermont Foot 2-4 AS Monaco

Halftime: 1-2

Goals: Pages (14′), Chastang (64′) for Clermont; Benama (22′), Tincres (25′), Bouabré (57′), Cabral (82′) for AS Monaco

Bookings: none

Clermont Foot: Ramousse – Coulibaly, Koné, Mazeyrat, Pages – Tribout (Ihaddadene, 46′), Cantero, Astic © (Alberto, 80′) – Bouchenna, Admar, Fakili (Cohade, 85′)

Substitutes: Azagoh, Chastang, Cohade, Alberto, Ihaddadene

Manager: Sébastien Mazeyrat

AS Monaco: Schulz – Coudour, Valme ©, Eser, Sinaté – Cabral, Benama, Bamba (Gesan, 70′) – Michal, Tincres (Dendani, 76′), Bouabré

Substitutes: Benchaouch, Sitou, Gesan, Bertolucci, Dendani

Manager: Frédéric Barilaro

Rise. Risk. Repeat.