AS Monaco vs St. Etienne 1 -1
Friday, April 3, 2015, Monaco received St. Etienne for the 31st game of the season. Both teams had key players missing either due to suspension or injuries. Mevlut Erding (No.9) opened the score for The Greens at 62 minutes. The visitor’s fans came in great numbers displayed their flag and were literally on fire.
But the Monegasques responded quickly with a goal at 68 minutes from the left foot of Anthony Martial (No.23), who had entered as a substitute for Matheus Carvalho moments earlier. Martial was assisted by a cross from Kurzawa (3). The match ended on a tie with both teams collection one point each.
AS Monaco vs Montpellier HSC 0 – 0
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Monaco received Montpellier for the 25th match of League, that had been cancelled due to bad weather. After their previous tie with St. Etienne, it was the Red & Whites chance to collect points that would bring them to the third position on the ladder. It was a lackluster first period for both teams. At the 44th minute Kurzawa landed the ball in the net from a head by Carrasco free-kick but was judged off-side, stopping the Monegasques from celebrating before going to the locker room at the end of the half time.
After only five minutes into the second period the visiting team was conceded a penalty from Dirar’s fault on Dabo. Paraguayan Barrios failed to score by sending the ball over the crossbar. Luck was on the side of the Monegasques and somehow this propelled them into action and on attacking mode, but it was not enough. It is true there were faults on the part of Montpellier that were ignored by the referee, that disappointed Jardim and especially Luis Campos their Sports Director who was asked to leave the field after his cries of indignation. Unfortunately, and in spite of the Red and Whites playing better the match ended goalless.
Leonardo Jardim summarized it as follows: “We have not played a good match, and yes, we are tired. It is normal, as we have already played more matches than last season. But let’s not forget the two penalties ignored. The group is disappointed including the coach. We do not understand the referee’s decisions.”
There are seven games remaining in the League 1 season, and Monaco is now 55 points, 2 away from Marseille who is third and 57, preceded by Lyon second with 61 and the leader PSG Paris with 62.
Upcoming matches in April – All competitions included
- League 1, 32nd – Caen – Monaco, Friday, April 10, 20:30
- Champions League, Quarterfinals first leg – Juventus – Monaco, Tuesday, April 14, 10:45
- League 1, 33rd – Monaco – Rennes, Saturday, April 18, 20:00
- Champions League, Quarterfinals return leg – Monaco – Juventus, Wednesday, April 22, 20:45
- League 1, 34th – Lens – Monaco, Sunday, April 26, 17:00