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Team 05 April 2021, 16:05

Wissam Ben Yedder is your IQONIQ Match MVP against Metz

Wissam Ben Yedder is your IQONIQ Match MVP against Metz
After coming on to score his 5th double of the season in Ligue 1, (his 4th in 2021), the Monegasque captain was voted MVP of the win against FC Metz (4-0) by you, the Rouge et Blanc fans, on the AS Monaco App.

There was no shortage of candidates for this award following the match against Metz. Benjamin Lecomte, with his decisive save at 0-0 in the first half. Eliot Matazo for his impressive performance  in midfield and his sublime assist for Kevin Volland, a stellar afternoon despite making just his second start in Ligue 1. Youssouf Fofana, too, did much to boss play in the midfield (11 recoveries), while Volland  impressed as well, scoring and doing much to control the match with his efforts in leading the press.

A decisive change

But at the end of this very impressive display by AS Monaco, it was the captain of the Rouge et Blanc, Wissam Ben Yedder, who showed his strength and took home the match MVP. Coming on in the 64th minute with the score 2-0, the French international (12 caps, 2 goals) did not want to make it a sixth straight match without finding the net. Very active in his role in the team’s high pressing, from his first steps on the pitch, the Monegasque number 9 made a point of offering a reminder that he is one of the three best strikers in Ligue 1.

Je sais que Wissam était déçu de commencer sur le banc. Ce n’était pas facile de prendre cette décision. Je lui ai dit de prendre du plaisir durant cette demi-heure de jeu, et je pense qu’il a répondu avec ses deux buts.
Niko KovacEntraîneur de l'AS Monaco

A beauty of a finish on his first goal

On a lovely bit of play from Caio Henrique, who had himself impressed on the left flank, Wissam Ben Yedder was picked out in the penalty area. Proof that he is a very high level player, the captain then turned in a lovely bit of skill with his left foot, to shift the ball back onto his right foot and send a missile under the crossbar of Marc-Aurèle Caillard (3-0, 77′). In doing so, he scored his 14th top goal of the season, making it Caio Henrique’s 4th assist. But Wiss’ didn’t stop there, as he would soon record a 5th league brace, and his fourth in 2021.

100 goals in Ligue 1 in his sights

At the end of normal time, Gelson Martins was fouled in the Metz penalty area by John Boye, and the defender was sent off for a second yellow card (89′). Ben Yedder summarily stepped up to score his 8th penalty of the year and his 15th goal in the league, which was the 96th of his career in Ligue 1. It was a  remarkable performance for a substitute, becoming the first Monegasque player to score a double coming off the bench since Guido Carrillo on December 9, 2017 against Troyes.

All told, it was a performance well worth a match MVP from the fans of the Rouge et Blanc, who used the AS Monaco App to vote for him overwhelmingly, as he recorded 55% of the vote, just reward for his play in the collective masterclass delivered by Niko Kovac’s players. So bravo to all of them, and bravo Wissam!

 


2020-2021 MVP Recap

First half: 

(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)

Second half:

(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)
(32e de CDF) 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)
(16e de CDF) 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)

* (in parentheses, the number of match MVPs won over the course of the season)

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