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With a victory in Angers, AS Monaco are back to winning ways!

With a victory in Angers, AS Monaco are back to winning ways!
Dominant in the first half, the Rouge et Blanc won against Angers (1-2) thanks to goals from Aleksandr Golovin and Myron Boadu.

It was a well-played match! Dangerous throughout the first half, the Rouge et Blanc managed to win at Stade Raymond Kopa against Angers on Sunday (1-2). Ahead at the break thanks to a great goal from Golovin, they managed to score another to secure their 19th victory of the season. They consolidated their hold fourth place before their big match against Lille next Sunday. ✍️

The context 📅

After suffering consecutive defeats to Lens and Montpellier, the Rouge et Blanc were eager to bounce back. And in this match against bottom side Angers, who have already been relegated, there was a real chance to get back to winning ways. Especially as, in case of a win, AS Monaco would move five points ahead of Lille in fourth, before hosting them in the Principality next Sunday.

No one in life succeeds in a career without learning lessons along the way. I want to see my players bounce back with ambition. We have to show it on the pitch, and not just with our words.
Philippe ClementManager, AS Monaco

The eleven 👥

To end this poor run of form, Philippe Clement decided to make several changes. Ruben Aguilar and Edan Diop were replaced by Vanderson and Diatta on the right flank. Eliot Matazo was preferred to Mohamed Camara in central midfield. Takumi Minamino was back in the eleven, while Myron Boadu led the line in the absence of captain Wissam Ben Yedder.

The scenario 🎞

The Monegasques were quick to take the game in hand in front of the 400 away supporters who made the trip. They quickly gave themselves two dangerous chances with a low cross from Takumi Minamino (2′) and a shot that was overhit by Golovin (3′).

The pace did not drop and the danger became more and more clear, forcing Bernardoni to dive to keep out a long shot from Fofana (10′). Well established in the opposing half of the pitch, the Monegasques created plenty of chances (13′, 16′, 25′) but were subject to bad luck as on a miraculous clearance off the line by Niane, on a corner knocked down by Disasi (31′).

The Tsar shows the way

Despite a moment of nerves (38′), the Monegasque domination would finally be rewarded. Just before half-time, Vanderson cut inside and slipped the ball to Golovin. The Russian international curled the ball into the right corner at the first time of asking to open the scoring (45′, 0-1). It was a magnificent goal reminiscent of the one he had scored in the reverse fixture.

Myron doubles the lead

When the teams returned from the locker room, the intensity of the match dropped. But on the hour mark, the Monegasques took advantage of a loss of the ball in midfield to launch a lightning-quick counterattack. Youssouf Fofana read the defence well and slipped the ball to Myron Boadu, who was in on goal, and beat the opposing goalkeeper to double the lead (60′, 0-2).

A precious and narrow victory

Almost moments thereafter, Angers reduced the deficit on a deflected header by Sima (64′, 1-2). Our Rouge et Blanc were retreating little by little but without being in danger. Unmarked at a free kick, Axel Disasi would failed to seal the victory for his team (86′).

It was a miss that was without consequence though, as it did not prevent AS Monaco from winning the match, and consolidating fourth place. The Club now has a five-point lead over Lille, who will be their opponents in the Principality next Sunday. Bravo les gars! 💪

Key moments 🎥

11′: A shot by Fofana is stopped by Bernardoni

25′: Myron Boadu attempts a powerful shot at the near post

31′: Axel Disasi’s attempt is miraculously cleared off the line.

38′: A superb save by Nübel on a point-blank shot from Niane

45′: Goal by Golovin with a wild shot into the top corner (0-1)

60′: Goal by Boadu who finishes a nice pass from Fofana after a counterattack (0-2)

64′: Goal by Sima for Angers (1-2)

86′: Axel Disasi misses from close range following a free kick

The stat 📊

AS Monaco have scored 13 goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half of matches, only Marseille (16) have scored more in Ligue 1 this season.

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Match details

Sunday, May 7 – Stade Raymond Kopa

Ligue 1 – Matchday 34: Angers SCO 1-2 AS Monaco

Halftime: 0-1

Buts: Sima (64′) for Angers; Golovin (45′), Boadu (60′) for AS Monaco

Bookings: Valery (86′), Niane (89′) and Bentaleb (90+3′) for Angers; Disasi (55′) and Camara (77′) for AS Monaco

Angers: Bernardoni – Niane, Hountondji, Bamba, Valery – Mendy (Hunou, 46′), Bentaleb ©, Abdelli (Ould, 88′), Kalumba (Sabanovic, 70′) – Bahoya (Sima, 46′), Thioub (Doumbia, 70′)

Substitutes: Fofana, Doumbia, Sabanovic, Blazic, Gaya, Ould, Taibi, Sima, Hunou

Manager: Alexandre Dujeux

AS Monaco: Nübel – Vanderson (Diop, 78′), Disasi ©, Matisma, C.Henrique – Fofana, Matazo (Camara, 63′) – Diatta (Volland, 88′), Minamino (Ben Seghir, 78′), Golovin (Jakobs, 88′) – Boadu

Substitutes: Didillon, Aguilar, Jakobs, Okou, Akliouche, Camara, Jakobs, Diop, Ben Seghir, Volland

Manager: Philippe Clement