Monegasques plunge ahead after defeating the Corsicans
Friday, March 13, was late night football at Stade Louis II in the Principality, the local and visiting teams entered the field and soon after all the fans stood up for an emotional minute of applause in honor of the three French athletes who recently lost their lives in a helicopters’ accident in Argentina. But the best way for the Monegasque players to celebrate the lives of their sports colleagues was a resonant triumph against Bastia with a snug 3-0. Leonardo Jardim was quoted saying: “It is always good for confidence to win, specially with an ample score.”
Monaco dominated throughout the match against Bastia, that was a good work-out for the upcoming face-off against the big boys of Arsenal on Tuesday, March 17 at Stade Louis II in the Champions League knockout round of last 16, with a good chance to get to the quarterfinals. French Teenager Anthony Martial opened the score for the Red and Whites at 22nd of the first period, followed shortly by a goal in the 42nd minute from Brazilian forward Matheus Carvalho (the 23 year-old is on a loan from Fluminense), with Martial marking his second goal at the 51st minute into the second half. Monaco was the better team, and on top of that two players from Bastia, Drissa Diakite and Giovanni Sio were red carded leaving the visiting team in inferiority conditions.
French League 1 Table
Monaco has a total of 50 points placing them at a striking distance from Marseille (54 points) who tied with leader Lyon (58) this Sunday, in spite of a goal by Lucas Ocampos (on a loan by Monaco to OM) that was not validated by the referee; and 1 point ahead from St. Etienne (49 points) who beat Metz on Saturday. But the Monegasques have still to play home game 25th against Montepellier (45) that was canceled due to inclement weather and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 19:00.
Tuesday, March 17 – 20:45 – AS Monaco / Arsenal FC – UEFA Champions League, 8th finals at Stade Louis II
Sunday, March 22 – 17:00 – Stade de Reims / AS Monaco – League 1, 30th – Stade August-Delaune
Friday, April 3 – 20:30 – AS Monaco / AS Saint Etienne – League 1, 31st – Stade Louis II
Tuesday, April 7 – 19:00 – ASM Monaco / Montpellier – League 1, 25th (rescheduled) – Stade Louis II