Stats 18 September 2023, 21:35

Folarin Balogun open his account with AS Monaco

Folarin Balogun open his account with AS Monaco
Entering the game shortly after the hour mark, the Monegasque striker, who arrived in the final days of the summer transfer window, scored his first goal in his new colors against Lorient.

He only needed two touches to find the back of the net! Comng on  in the 66th minute, Folarin Balogun didn’t waste time scoring against Lorient (2-2), giving the team the lead after being pegged back just 21 seconds into the match. Well found by Aleksandr Golovin in the area, the striker who joined the Club this summer used his pace to get on the end of the pass and fire the ball in at the near post.

First American scorer for AS Monaco

This goal demonstrated all the qualities of Balo, who is capable of combining speed, power and precision. He thus scored his first goal in his new colors in his second match with AS Monaco, after debuting against Lens two weeks earlier. He thus enters the history of the Principality club, since the new number 29 simply becomes the first American to score for the Rouge et Blanc.

A goal celebrated in front of the away end!

And what could be better than celebrating it with the traveling support, once again well stocked with 300 aficionados? “When I scored, I knew the fans were near. So I wanted us all to be together to celebrate this goal. It’s the first time I scored in front of our fans so I wanted to show all my gratitude,” he told the Club post-match.

Next up: A first goal at home

After scoring on the road, Folarin will now try to have a similar performance inside the Stade Louis-II. And why not starting Friday (9 p.m.) against Nice in the Côte d’Azur derby or against Marseille a week later? It would in any case be a beautiful achievement. Daghe Balo! 

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