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A Patient AS Monaco Win in Rennes to go second!

A Patient AS Monaco Win in Rennes to go second!
While it took a while to find the goal, our Rouge et Blanc showed patience to finally win against Stade Rennais at Roazhon Park (1-2), and climb into second place.

They were heroic until the end! Held in check in the first half by a very well-organized Rennes team, AS Monaco’s players found the opening after the break, to win with character in Brittany (1-2). It’s the 300th win for the Club since the arrival of President Rybolovlev, which allows the Monegasques to move into second place in Ligue 1.  ✍️

The context 📅

Impressive at home (and on 6 wins in  7 matches), our Rouge et Blanc wanted to do the same on the road. After a win against Montpellier at the Stade Louis-II (2-0), Adi Hütter‘s side wanted to keep winning and their place on the podium. It wouldn’t be easy against a team which has just changed coaches and playing system, who were coming off a home victory against Reims (3-1) and a narrow loss in Marseille (2-0).

They are one of the best teams in France. They have just brought back Julien Stéphan, who changed the system by switching to three defenders. They are also leaders of their Europa League group and have talented players. (...) They get forward quickly and have a style a little similar to ours.
Adi HütterOn Stade Rennais

The lineup 👥

To begin this big match of the 15th matchday of Ligue 1, the Monegasque manager opts for a return to his preferred 3-4-2-1 system. Of note was the return to midfield of Youssouf Fofana, ill last weekend, and especially a first start for Mohammed Salisu in defense, alongsideeDenis Zakaria. Folarin Balogun was once again lined up leading the line, with the Minamino-Golovin duo in support.


The scenario 🎞

The match started at a frantic pace for both sides. But we had to wait until the fifth minute to witness a shot from Wilfried Singo, following a high recovery and a good run forward. On the first Monegasque corner, Mohammed Salisu then head a header that was a little too soft, which Steve Mandanda captured (9′). There was a response from Arthur Theate also at a set piece, but from six meters, but not on target (10′).

A lack of accuracy from both sides

Clearly the best opportunities were yet to come, and the MVP against Montpellier, Aleksandr Golovin, saw his free kick from the edge of the area fizz over (19′). On a quickly played set piece, this time it was Rennes who crossed through Ludovic Blas, for a not precise enough header by Amine Gouiri (25′). It was the same for Folarin Balogun on a cross from Ismail Jakobs (32′).

The away support helps make the difference

There was still nothing to cheer for the Monegasque support, filled by 500 supporters – including Romain, our witness who once again saw a header by Youssouf Fofana fly wide of the Breton goal (40′). At the other hand, there was a ball over the defense for the American attacker, whose left-footed shot was stopped by the SRFC goalkeeper (41′). Vanderson had the last chance of the half on a cutback from Taki’, but it missed to the left (45+2′).

The breakthrough for Vandi!

Success eluded the Rouge et Blanc, until returning from the locker room, where on a cross from Jakobs, Balo’ held the ball and then found Vanderson who finished perfectly (0-1, 51′)! It was a second goal this season for the Brazilian, omnipresent today, and a second assist for the American, who was then denied at the last minute (68′).

Meanwhile, Stade Rennais tries to respond through Enzo Le Fée, but his recovery was overhit (60′). The match took a completely different turn when Vanderson was sent off after a second yellow card (75th).

A counter that does (a lot) of good

Takumi Minamino was first denied to a heroic effort to cut out Yildirim’s cross (78′). Before Philip Köhn had to deny Arthur Theate (79′). The last quarter of an hour was explosive, but on a lightning counter-attack led by Youssouf Fofana, AS Monaco managed to double the lead (0-2, 85′)! What a relief… But short-lived, since the Bretons obtained a penalty which Benjamin Bourigeaud converted (1-2, 90′).

Another win to reach second place

The rest was in the details in this big match of the 15th round, since Philipp Köhn was again sharp on a header from Gouiri (91′). He then had to pull out all the stops by keeping out a missile from youngster Mahamadou Nagida (92′). It was a last scare for the Monegasques, who won with a suspenseful match at Roazhon Park, for the team’s 300th victory since the arrival of President Rybolovlev in December 2011.

It’s also a win which also allows them to provisionally move second in the Ligue 1 table (1-2). DAGHE MUNEGU! 🇲🇨

Key moments 🎥

5′: A high recovery from Singo who gets forward and shoots but Mandanda gathers
9′: Salisu’s header from a Golovin corner does not trouble Mandanda
19′: A direct free kick from Golovin is off target
25′: Blas crosses for Gouiri but his header is wide
32′: Header from Balogun on a cross from Jakobs
40′: Fofana attempts a header from a free kick from Golovin
41′: A deep ball finds Balogun who shoots with his left but is denied by Mandanda
45+2′: A cut back finds Minamino from Vanderson who tries from the left
51′: Balogun waits and finds Vanderson in behind who finishes perfectly (0-1)
60′: Le Fée’s volley is off target
68′: Fofana finds Balogun who hits a powerful shot, but it is blocked
78′: A cross from Yildirim comes in but Minamino clears at the last minute
79′: A magnificent save by Köhn on a header from Theate
85′: Fofana gets forward alone on a counter-attack, waits and slots past Mandanda (0-2)
90′: A penalty for Rennes is converted by Bourigeaud (1-2)
91′: Gouiri’s header is gathered by Köhn
92′: A powerful strike from Nagida is cleared by Köhn

The stat 📊

AS Monaco have 30 points after 15 Ligue 1 matches in 2023-2024, its highest total at this stage since… 2016-2017 (33). This is the fourth time that the Principality club has reached this mark after 15 matches in a Ligue 1 season in the 21st century, each time having finished on the podium at the end of the year (36 in 2003-2004, 3rd; 32 in 2013-2014, 2nd; 33 in 2016-2017, champion).

📋 Match details:

Saturday, December 9 – Roazhon Park

Ligue 1 – Matchday 15: Stade Rennais 1-2 AS Monaco 

Halftime: 0-0

Goals: Bourigeaud (90′) for Rennes; Vanderson (51′), Fofana (85′) for AS Monaco 

Bookings: Bourigeaud (38′), Omari (38′), Theate (61′) for Rennes; Camara (13′), Vanderson (54′, 74′), Salisu (62′), Zakaria (65′), Singo (69′) for AS Monaco

Dismissals: Vanderson (74′) for AS Monaco

Stade Rennais: Mandanda © – Omari, Belocian, Theate – Bourigeaud, Santamaria (Rieder, 76′), Le Fée, Truffert (Nagida, 63′) – Blas (Terrier, 63′), Kalimuendo (Yildirim, 63′), Gouiri

Substitutes: Gallon, Assignon, Jaouab, Nagida, D.Doué, Rieder, Terrier, Salah, Yildirim

Manager: Julien Stéphan

AS Monaco: Köhn – Vanderson, Singo, Salisu, Jakobs – Fofana ©, Camara (Diop, 81′), Zakaria – Minamino (Diatta, 79′), Golovin (Maripán, 92′) – Balogun

Substitutes: Majecki, Maripán, Matsima, Ouattara, Akliouche, Diatta, Diop, Magassa, Ben Yedder

Manager: Adi Hütter