It only took a few seconds for Gelson Martins, playing at right wing, to fire a shot in this match that AS Monaco played with an offensive 4-3-3. The Portuguese turned his opponent and crossed into the box, where the Amiens defense cleared the danger. Very quickly, the tenor of the match was crystal clear, with the Red and Whites getting their foot on the ball and tring to unbalance a Picardy side who were content to sit deep, without much ambition in the match.
No score at the break
Faced with this very compact defensive block, AS Monaco could not find a breakthrough in the first half. The biggest chance in this first half was for Wissam Ben Yedder, who saw his shot blocked by Dibassy after a good pass from Gelson. Apart from this opportunity, the Monegasque domination paid no dividends; it was without a goal for either side that the two teams returned to the locker room.
The answer from Ben Yedder
The second period started with a big chance for the visitors when Kakuta found himself one-on-one against Lecomte, who showed a strong hand to make an important save (51). In the wake of that, it was Ben Yedder who missed the target on a cross from Dias. AS Monaco were tested again in the 60th when Mr Stinat whistled for a penalty in favor of Amiens, before changing his mind after Konaté was adjudged to have been offside. In the wake of this, on a corner from Golovin poorly cleared by the Amiens defense, Ben Yedder found the opening score with a superb volley that left Gurtner no chance (62).
Maripán and Baldé follow suit
Released, the Red and White continued to score and Maripán doubled the lead in the 65th minute from a free kick by Golovin. There was barely time to breathe as Baldé closed the scoring by taking control of a shot from Ben Yedder pushed out by Gurtner. In minutes the match was decided and the score could have been even more if the Red and Whites had capitalized on the many chances that they had late in the game. With this second win of the week, AS Monaco are back in 9th position. With three goals scored and none conceded, Kamil Glik and his partners return to the positive in goal difference, an auspicious performance before going to Angers in a week’s time.