In a challenging match with few opportunities, Wissam Ben Yedder again played the savior against Angers (1-0). After scoring the opening goal in the Cup against Lyon in midweek (2-0) and recording an assist in Bordeaux (3-0), setting up Kevin Volland on the first goal of the match, the Monegasque captain again played the role of team leader. 10 minutes from the final whistle, he found what would be a decisive goal to allow his teammates to stay the course, and record their 22nd victory of the season.
Starting on the bench
However, it was from the bench that he started the game after making a pair of starts in Gironde and Lyon, with Niko Kovac fielding Stevan Jovetić alongside Vollad. His choice nearly paid off as the Montenegrin had the first chance of the match in the 14th minute. But he came up short against Paul Bernardoni, before coming off with an injury a few minutes later; it was time for the French international (12 caps, 2 goals) to make his debut (17′).
In a terse match, opportunities were scarce. However, he was responsible for one of them before half-time, playing a simple one-two with Aleksandr Golovin, the Russian found himself one-on-one against the Angevin goalkeeper but also came up short. (43rd).
A crucial goal in the 79th minute
The Rouge et Blanc were thus in difficulty on Sunday and struggled to resolve the situation, despite having turned in several fine offensive displays in recent weeks. If the match seemed to be heading towards a goalless draw, one could still count on the resilience of Niko Kovac’s men.
After a ball recovered in the midfield by one half of the “Fanamenial” duo, Youssouf Fofana played in Wissam Ben Yedder. Springing the offside trap, he did not hesitate in beating the Angevin goalkeeper with a sublime chip (79 ‘), reminiscent of one he had scored against Dijon two weeks earlier. He even came close to making it a double three minutes later, but his shot flashed over.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) April 26, 2021
Top scorer from the bench in Europe
It was no matter, though, as AS Monaco won 1-0 and could thank their attacking leader who scored his 18th league goal of the season and his 5th as a substitute. He is thus the top scorer in the five big leagues after coming off the bench, proving once again that the Rouge et Blanc have the most potent bench in the league (16 goals in total). This goal also brings him closer to the symbolic number of 100 goals in the French top flight, as the former Toulouse player is now on 99.
His latest bravura performance did not, of course, go unnoticed by the Rouge et Blanc fans as 88% of them voted for him on the AS Monaco App as MVP of the match; he thus obtained his 13th trophy of the season. Bravo captain!
2020-2021 MVP Recap
(J1) AS Monaco 2-2 Stade de Reims : Axel Disasi (1) et Aleksandr Golovin (1)
(J2) FC Metz 0-1 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (1)
(J3) AS Monaco 2-1 FC Nantes : Cesc Fàbregas (1)
(J4) Stade Rennais 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
(J5) AS Monaco 3-2 RC Strasbourg : Wissam Ben Yedder (2)
(J6) Stade Brestois 29 1-0 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (1)
(J7) AS Monaco 1-1 Montpellier HSC : Wissam Ben Yedder (3)
(J8) Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (4)
(J9) AS Monaco 4-0 Girondins de Bordeaux : Wissam Ben Yedder (5)
(J10) OGC Nice 1-2 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (2)
(J11) AS Monaco 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain : Kevin Volland (1)
(J12) AS Monaco 3-0 Nîmes Olympique : Sofiane Diop (3)
(J13) Lille OSC 2-1 AS Monaco : Pietro Pellegri (1)
(J14) Olympique de Marseille 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (6)
(J15) AS Monaco 0-3 RC Lens : Ruben Aguilar (1)
(J16) Dijon FCO 0-1 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (2)
(J17) AS Monaco 2-2 Saint-Etienne : Gelson Martins (1)
(J18) FC Lorient 2-5 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(J19) AS Monaco 3-0 SCO Angers : Kevin Volland (3)
(J20) Montpellier HSC 2-3 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (7)
(J21) AS Monaco 3-1 Olympique de Marseille : Aurélien Tchouameni (1)
(J22) FC Nantes 1-2 AS Monaco : Guillermo Maripán (1)
(J23) AS Monaco 2-1 OGC Nice :Wissam Ben Yedder (8)
(J24) Nîmes Olympique 3-4 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(Coupe de France Round of 64) Grenoble Foot 38 0-1 AS Monaco : Stevan Jovetić (1)
(J25) AS Monaco 2-2 FC Lorient : Wissam Ben Yedder (9)
(J26) Paris Saint-Germain 0-2 AS Monaco : Guillermo Maripán (2)
(J27) AS Monaco 2-0 Stade Brestois 29 : Stevan Jovetić (2)
(J28) RC Strasbourg 1-0 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (2)
(Coupe de France Round of 32) OGC Nice 0-2 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (4)
(J29) AS Monaco 0-0 Lille : Aurélien Tchouameni (2)
(J30) AS Saint-Étienne 0-4 AS Monaco : Aurélien Tchouameni (3)
(J31) AS Monaco 4-0 FC Metz : Wissam Ben Yedder (10)
(Coupe de France Round of 16) AS Monaco 0-0 (5 TAB à 4) FC Metz : Youssouf Fofana (1)
(J32) AS Monaco 3-0 Dijon FCO : Wissam Ben Yedder (11)
(J33) Girondins de Bordeaux 0-3 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (5) and Aurélien Tchouameni (4)
(Coupe de France Quarterfinals) Olympique Lyonnais 0-2 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (12)
(J34) SCO Angers 0-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (13)