His red card received during his first start against Saint-Etienne (2-2) is nothing but a distant and bad memory. Because since then, as soon as Niko Kovac has given him playing time, Eliot Matazo has seized every opportunity to shine. This was the case against Metz (4-0) at the beginning of April, against whom the young Belgian distinguished himself with an assist after a great run.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) April 5, 2021
A new position in Reims
This Sunday in Reims (1-0), he allowed his team to leave with three points by being the only goalscorer of the match. While his favorite position is in front of the defense, the Croatian manager decided to play him a bit higher, in front of the duo of Aurélien Tchouameni and Youssouf Fofana.
This was hardly an issue, however, for the player trained at the Academy, who adapted quickly, getting forward and evincing his qualities as a box to box midfielder speak, exemplified in the 20th minute.
The first goal of his career
On a ball recovered 40 meters from his goal, Eliot Matazo continued his run and broke the lines by running through the Reims midfield. He then played in Wissam Ben Yedder to his right, who returned it to him in front of the opposing goal. Alone in front of goal thanks to an excellent run, the young Belgian (19) only had to tap the ball into the net to score the first goal of his career in Ligue 1.
It was a very emotional moment for the young Belgian. “It’s a hell of a moment for me, I have a lot of emotions that perhaps I don’t realize yet,” he admitted at a post-match press conference. The goal also made him the first player born in 2002 or later to score for AS Monaco.
𝙻'𝙰𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎́𝚖𝚒𝚎 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚎́𝚐𝚊𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚎 💥 #RISE
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) May 9, 2021
A goal worth three points
The Belgian was even very close to doubling the lead five minutes later. Once again played in by his captain on the left of Reims area, he managed to turn Predrag Rajkovic but lost his balance as he tried to finish with his left foot. Less prominent in the second period, he finally was subbed on the hour mark for Gelson Martins.
But it was no matter as the player nicknamed “Rio” by his teammates for his in-game resemblance to Mavuba, scored a fine goal on Sunday, allowing his team to win and retain third place. His performance was rewarded by the Rouge et Blanc supporters who elected him MVP of the match with 41% of the votes. He thus won his first title as player of the match this season. Well done Eliot!
2020-2021 MVP Recap
(J1) AS Monaco 2-2 Stade de Reims : Axel Disasi (1) and Aleksandr Golovin (1)
(J2) FC Metz 0-1 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (1)
(J3) AS Monaco 2-1 FC Nantes : Cesc Fàbregas (1)
(J4) Stade Rennais 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
(J5) AS Monaco 3-2 RC Strasbourg : Wissam Ben Yedder (2)
(J6) Stade Brestois 29 1-0 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (1)
(J7) AS Monaco 1-1 Montpellier HSC : Wissam Ben Yedder (3)
(J8) Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (4)
(J9) AS Monaco 4-0 Girondins de Bordeaux : Wissam Ben Yedder (5)
(J10) OGC Nice 1-2 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (2)
(J11) AS Monaco 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain : Kevin Volland (1)
(J12) AS Monaco 3-0 Nîmes Olympique : Sofiane Diop (3)
(J13) Lille OSC 2-1 AS Monaco : Pietro Pellegri (1)
(J14) Olympique de Marseille 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (6)
(J15) AS Monaco 0-3 RC Lens : Ruben Aguilar (1)
(J16) Dijon FCO 0-1 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (2)
(J17) AS Monaco 2-2 Saint-Etienne : Gelson Martins (1)
(J18) FC Lorient 2-5 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(J19) AS Monaco 3-0 SCO Angers : Kevin Volland (3)
(J20) Montpellier HSC 2-3 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (7)
(J21) AS Monaco 3-1 Olympique de Marseille : Aurélien Tchouameni (1)
(J22) FC Nantes 1-2 AS Monaco : Guillermo Maripán (1)
(J23) AS Monaco 2-1 OGC Nice :Wissam Ben Yedder (8)
(J24) Nîmes Olympique 3-4 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(CDF Round of 64) Grenoble Foot 38 0-1 AS Monaco : Stevan Jovetić (1)
(J25) AS Monaco 2-2 FC Lorient : Wissam Ben Yedder (9)
(J26) Paris Saint-Germain 0-2 AS Monaco : Guillermo Maripán (2)
(J27) AS Monaco 2-0 Stade Brestois 29 : Stevan Jovetić (2)
(J28) RC Strasbourg 1-0 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (2)
(CDF Round of 32) OGC Nice 0-2 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (4)
(J29) AS Monaco 0-0 Lille : Aurélien Tchouameni (2)
(J30) AS Saint-Étienne 0-4 AS Monaco : Aurélien Tchouameni (3)
(J31) AS Monaco 4-0 FC Metz : Wissam Ben Yedder (10)
(CDF Round of 16) AS Monaco 0-0 (5 TAB à 4) FC Metz : Youssouf Fofana (1)
(J32) AS Monaco 3-0 Dijon FCO : Wissam Ben Yedder (11)
(J33) Girondins de Bordeaux 0-3 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (5) and Aurélien Tchouameni (4)
(CDF Quarterfinal) Olympique Lyonnais 0-2 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (12)
(J34) SCO Angers 0-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (13)
(J35) AS Monaco 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais : Wissam Ben Yedder (14)
(J36) Stade de Reims1-0AS Monaco : Eliot Matazo (1)