Preparation 22 July 2023, 21:26

A serious AS Monaco dominate Leeds to perfectly conclude its training camp!

A serious AS Monaco dominate Leeds to perfectly conclude its training camp!
Once again patient as the match unfolded, the Rouge et Blanc waited until the second half to dominate Leeds United thanks to goals from the "Yedderland" duo.

Good work! At the end of a match where we had to wait for the second half to see a breakthrough, the players of AS Monaco won against the Peacocks of Leeds United (0-2) and thus left England with two victories. It was a perfect conclusion, after an encouraging training camp and beginning of the preseason. 📋

In this fourth preseason match, Adi Hütter decided to make some changes from the eleven that had won against Real Betis. Philipp Köhn made his debut in Rouge et Blanc, while Axel Disasi started in defence behind the duo of Camara and Matazo. Myron Boadu led the line, supported by the #MadeInLaDiagonale pairing of Ben Seghir and Akliouche.

A lively start

There was no tentativeness to the start of the match at LNER Community Stadium from the Monégasques who pushed Leeds back on their heels. Caio Henrique came close to slotting the ball past Ilan Meslier (5′). But it was the Peacocks who had the first strike of the match, through Luis Sinisterra (8′). The Colombian winger then got on the end of a clearance off the fists of Philipp Köhn, who made a fine diving save to keep the match level (12′).

Plenty of shots but no clear chances

The Rouge et Blanc tried to react with a free kick by Mohamed Camara, but without success (20). It goes from one goal to another and Daniel James fails to frame his header (25th). Then it was the turn of’Eliesse Ben Seghir,recently nominated for the Top 100 of the Golden Boy, to try his luck from 25 meters, without success (30′). The match then lost intensity, until Englishman Luke Ayling fired off an off-target volley (40′). Half-time would come with the match still a scoreless draw.

The Monegasque manager logically changed his eleven on the return from the locker room, with the exception of Philipp Köhn. And it was Edan Diop who tried his luck first, on a service from his partner Youssouf Fofana (48′). It was off target, just like a curling effort by Daniel James (50′), who would try again shortly thereafter (52′). A reply came from Guillermo Maripán, whose ball towards Meslier was pushed away (55′).

Captain’ Wiss breaks the deadlock

This was just like Krépin Diatta’s attempt, deflected over the crossbar (56′). But as the Rouge et Blanc pressed for an opener, Edan Diop obtained a penalty that Wissam Ben Yedder converted perfectly (0-1, 60′). The Peacocks were not giving up, however, and Charlie Cresswell was close to hitting the top corner with a free kick (66′). Injured in his shoulder, Ruben Aguilar was forced to give way to Soungoutou Magassa in defence.

A moment of magic from Kevin Volland to double the lead!

AS Monaco took control of the match, and doubled the lead thanks to Kevin Volland – who had already scored a double against Betis – with a magnificent lobbed header, on a jewel of a cross by Krépin Diatta (0-2, 78′). Aleksandr Golovin was then close to scoring the KO goal (84′). Leeds still had a chance to make it 2-1 at the very end of the match, but Soungoutou Magassa cleared the danger for a corner, which Yann Lienard came off his line to claim (90′).

The score wouldn’t changed further and the Rouge et Blanc won for the second time this week in England, to end their training camp perfectly (0-2). Daghe les gars! 🇲🇨

📋 Match details:

Saturday, July 22 – LNER Community Stadium de York

Friendly: Leeds United 0-2 AS Monaco

Halftime: 0-0

Goals: Ben Yedder (60′) and Volland (78′) for AS Monaco

Leeds: Meslier – Ayling, Cooper ©, Struijk, Hjelde – Gray, Ampadu – Sinisterra, Summerville, James – Rutter 

Substitutes: Klaesson, Van Den Nuevel, Byram, Cresswell, Drameh, Gyabi, Bate, Poveda, Shackleton, Gelhardt, Joseph, Gnonto, Bamford

Manager: Daniel Farke

AS Monaco : Köhn (Lienard, 62′) – Matsima (Aguilar, 46′; Magassa, 72′), Disasi © (Maripán, 46′), Okou (Valme, 46′) – Vanderson (Diatta, 46′), Camara (Fofana, 46′), Matazo (Diop, 46′), C.Henrique (Jakobs, 46′) – Akliouche (Volland, 46′), Ben Seghir (Golovin, 46′) – Boadu (Ben Yedder ©, 46′)

Substitutes: Lienard, Majecki, Aguilar, Jakobs, Maripán, Valme, Diatta, Diop, Golovin, Magassa, Ben Yedder, Efekele, Embolo, Volland

Manager: Adi Hütter

Köhn – Aguilar, Maripán, Valme – Diatta, Fofana, Diop, Jakobs – Volland, Golovin – Ben Yedder ©