It only took him two starts to get off the mark! A starter alongside Wissam Ben Yedder and then alone in leading the attack from the 17th minute, Breel Embolo allowed AS Monaco to obtain a precious point against Stade Rennais (1-1), by taking the ball off the feet of Dogan Alemdar, and thus blocking the clearance by the opposing goalkeeper.
🍿 Sit back and enjoy the first goal of 𝘽𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙀𝙢𝙗𝙤𝙡𝙤!
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) August 15, 2022
Embolo makes AS Monaco history
It was a goal full of mischief as he explained in the mixed zone. “We have just finished the cooling break and instinctively I told myself that the Rennes defenders were going to play the ball out from the back. Previously, they had clearerd the ball out very well in front of me, playing four against one. With the team, we decided to press higher. Then, it was just a moment of reflexes, all the time I needed to blockd the clearance!”
This first goal in an official match also made him enter the history of AS Monaco, since he became the second player Swiss to score a goal in Rouge et Blanc since Umberto Barberis, who played for the Club… between 1980 and 1983. An eternity!
6 fouls suffered, a record
Apart from the equalizer, Breel “The Rock” Embolo put plenty of pressure on the defense. Immovable with his back to goal, he was able to hold up the ball, to play in his teammates (94.7% passing rate), and to obtain countless fouls (6 in total, top in the match), forcing in particular the referee to show the yellow card to the two Rennes central defenders.
📸 First goal with AS Monaco 💪
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) August 13, 2022
It is therefore quite logical that with 77% of the votes, the striker was voted MVP of the match by the Monegasque supporters on the AS Monaco App. Bravo Breel! 🇨🇭
2022-2023 MVP Recap
(Champions League Third Preliminary Round, second leg): PSV Eindhoven 3-2 AS Monaco: Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
(Ligue 1 – Matchday 2): AS Monaco 1-1 Stade Rennais: Breel Embolo (1)