Red and White’s played well, failed to score but got 1 point
It was a rare sight to see the Monaco stadium at full capacity in an exhilarating Champions League atmosphere.That was the case yesterday evening when Monaco received Benfica for the third match of Group C. Prince Albert was in the royal box accompanied by the club’s President Dmitry Rybolovlev, Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev and friends.
Argentine Lucas Ocampos had a perfect chance to score in an open penalty area at 5 min into the first half from a pass from Berbatov, but the striker incredibly missed it and with that the possibility of a victory was erased.
There were several other clear shots on goal that were stopped by Artur, the visitor’s goalkeeper. Benfica played a better second half with several attempts to convert that failed thanks to Monaco’s goalkeeper the Croatian Subasic who was in top form. Fans were loudly chanting “Suba, Suba…” after everyone of his saves.
The home team got a numeric advantage when Benfica’s defender Lisandro Lopez was red-carded for a dangerous tackle on Joao Moutinho 15 minutes before the end of the match. With a scoreless game Benfica got their first point while Monaco increased their total to 5 solidifying their second position in the group. Both teams will meet again at the Estadio da Luz on November 4.
Group C standing after 3 matches played
- Bayer Leverkusen 6 points
- Monaco 5 points
- Zenit St. Petersburg 4 points
- Benfica 1 point