French Cup 19 December 2021, 16:49

Wissam Ben Yedder's brilliant 100th match sends AS Monaco into the Round of 32

Wissam Ben Yedder's brilliant 100th match sends AS Monaco into the Round of 32
At the end of a match approached very seriously, the Rouge et Blanc, led by their brilliant captain, scorer of a double in his 100th match for the club, have qualified for the round of 32 of the Coupe de France by beating Red Star (0-2).

It was progress without incident for AS Monaco in this new edition of the Coupe de France! At the end of a well-played match, the Rouge et Blanc got the better of the Red Star at the legendary Stade Bauer (0-2). In order to move to the next round of the competition, Niko Kovac decided to field a very competitive team. Some changes, however, were made compared to Paris last Sunday, with Ismaïl Jakobs in on the left of the defense, Eliot Matazo in midfield and a trident of Ben-Yedder-Boadu-Volland in attack for the first time this season.

A perfect 100th for captain Wiss

The Monegasque captain captain was starting his 100th match in La Diagonale on his shoulders,  and it was a very strong impression from the first moments of the match, with a nice bit of play initiated by Aleksandr Golovin, after which Eliot Matazo tried his luck from the left, but his shot wen just over the bar (3′). Red Star tried to respond with a very well placed free kick, taken by Jason Tré. It was tipped behind for a corner by Radoslaw Majecki, who was very vigilant (13′). The Polish goalkeeper was then heroic again on a triple chance for the Ile-de-France side, in particular two point blank shots by Michael Nilor (23′).

The reply would come from Kevin Volland, on a very nice volley which was saved by William Avognan (26′). Wissam Ben Yedder was then very close to finding the top corner, (28′), but our number 10 would not need three opportunities, as his magnificent curling shot from the edge of the area saw the French international open the scoring against a helpless Avognan, helpless (0-1, 33′). It was a roaring way to mark his 100th appearance for the captain, who celebrated just in front of the Monegasque fans!


A double to seal the result

Half-time came with a one-goal advantage. After returning from the locker room, Sofiane Diop was brought on by Niko Kovac and immediately gave himself a good chance with a clever lob, which narrowly missed the target (51′). Shortly thereafter, Myron Boadu failed to double the lead, on a one-on-one with Avognan (56′). Habib Beye’s men would react quickly, especially with a header from Pope Meissa Ba, which crashed off the Monegasque crossbar (61′).

The hosts threatened again on a header by Stéphane Sparagna on a free kick. This, however, was well captured by Radoslaw Majecki (63′). But fortunately for the Rouge et Blanc it was the man of the hour who struck again. Perfectly played in by Eliot Matazo, Wissam Ben Yedder cut in from the left to find the Red Star goal (0-2, 65′). It was a magnificent double for captain Wiss! But it was not over at the Stade Bauer as Damien Durand, who had come on, would test Majecki again, with a superb volley (71′).


Qualification without (much) hesitation

The Rouge et Blanc would easily manage the match with a two-goal advantage, even if Sofiane Diop would narrowly miss a third on a superb free kick which was narrowly off-target (82′). A few seconds later, it was again Wissam Ben Yedder who came close to a hat trick (83′)! Come the end of the match, we were finally left with a 2-0 win for the Rouge et Blanc finalists in the Coupe de France last season, and who now move on to the round of 32  in the competition. The job was done against the Ile-de-France side, and now it’s time for the last match of the year,  a big match in Ligue 1 against Stade Rennais this Wednesday at Stade Louis-II (9 p.m.). Be there, and when you’re there, DAGHE MUNEGU! 🇲🇨

Match details

Coupe de France Round of 64

Red Star FC 0-2 AS Monaco

Halftime: 0-1

Goals: Ben Yedder (33′ and 65′) for AS Monaco

Bookings: Saparagna (51′) and Nilor (85′) for Red Star 

Red Star: Avognan – Tré (Daillet, 46′), Dieng, Sparagna, El Hriti – Vialla (Durand, 60′), Ndoye (Cadiou, 75′), Guel, Maës (Bosca, 74′) – Nilor, Ba (Benali, 75′)

Substitutes: Charruau, Daillet, Ghabaoui, Cadiou, Homawoo, Durand, Bosca, Tokpa, Benali 

Manager: Habib Beye

AS Monaco : Majecki – Sidibé (Matsima, 92′), Disasi, Maripán, Jakobs – Golovin (Diop, 46′), Tchouameni (Fofana, 87′), Matazo, Volland (Isidor, 87′) – Ben Yedder ©, Boadu (Gelson Martins, 76′)

Substitutes: Nübel, C.Henrique, Matsima, Akliouche, Diop, Fofana, Gelson Martins, Jean Lucas, Isidor

Manager: Niko Kovac

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