A tie with Reims crashed Monaco’s hopes of moving up the ladder

Monaco 1 Reims 1 

Monaco had the lead all along the match after Elderson Echiejile scored at the 21st minute of the first period, and had several opportunities to score again unsuccessfully. But Reims leveled the field with a goal from Benjamin Moukandjo (who had briefly played for Monaco in 2011) at the 80th minute, erasing the potential 3 points that would have catapulted them to a higher position in League 1. Monaco secured only one point to be temporarily number 7 with the rest of the clubs still to play during the weekend.

It was Halloween night and the fans were welcomed with DJ cool music and street performers. The Canon girls distributed European scarves with the possibility to participate in a raffle to travel with the team to Lisbon for the Champions League match against Benfica. Twenty-two young players wearing the t-shirt of the Day of the Referee in their honor, accompanied the players into the field a posed for a photo with referees and players from both teams. The kick off was done by Mathieu Vernice a young referee from the FFF. There was also a magician and caricaturist in the Salon Herculis.

But the best was being saved for last, as in case of a Monaco victory, balloons with prizes were going to be launched by the players into the tribunes, but there were no balloons as the expected victory became a tie, and somewhat of a disappointment for the fans who never stopped cheering enthusiastically for their team. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardin alluded to the lack of experience and maturity of his players, and it is true that the absence of more experienced Berbatov, Kurzawa and Dirar was felt on the field. But the team will now concentrate on their Champions League match against Benfica on Tuesday, November 4 in Portugal. Vamos Monaco!

Next matches

French League 1

  • 13th match –Sunday, November 9 at 17:00 – Saint Etienne / AS Monaco
  • 14th match – Saturday, November 22 at 20:00 – AS Monaco / Caen

Champions League 

  • Match 4 – Tuesday, November 4 at 20:45 – Benfica / AS Monaco
  • Match 5 – Wednesday, November 26 – 20:45 – AS Monaco / Bayer Leverkusen
  • Match 6 – Tuesday, December 9 – 20:45 – AS Monaco / FC Zenith St-Petersbourg

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