Monaco offered festival of goals!
Yesterday it was a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Principality, perfect for watching football at Stade Louis II, where the AS Monaco offered a triumph to their fans by defeating Toulouse 4-1, collecting 3 valuable points for a total of 65, strengthening their position on the ladder, with only three more matches to go.
The program started with the appearance of the AS Monaco women football team, who staged a “Thank you!” message in French and Monegasque for their club President Dmitry Rybolovlev, who was accompanied by club’s Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev. After the teams entered the field to the sound of rocking tunes, a minute of silence was observed to honor the victims of the recent devastated seism in Nepal.
Midfielder Bernardo Silva (15) opened the score early from a corner from Ferreira Carrasco ((17), at 9’ into the match, giving the lead to Monaco. But Toulouse did not wait long to level the field with a goal by Braithwaite (9) midway through the first period. The match was lackluster and the home team seamed disoriented, and goalie Subasic (1) having to work hard when the visitors pierced the defense line. “After opening the score our players relaxed,” said coach Leonardo Jardim. Fortunately, at 45’ the Toulouse midfielder Trejo (18) fouled Martial (23) on the goal area for which a penalty was called, enabling the 19-year-old Martial to convert his 12th goal of the season, sending the players to the locker room with a 2-1 advantage.
On the second period the rhythm of the game increased and the Monegasques played much better, controlling play. Their efforts were coronated by a goal by Moutinho (8) from a pass by Raggi (24) at 55’ that the Portuguese midfielder celebrated by dedicating it to his second daughter born later that evening. He actually went directly to the clinic right after the match ended to join his wife who was in the process of delivering the baby. Both teams finished with 10 men after Monaco midfielder Dirar (7) and Toulouse defender Kana-Biyik (3) were red-carded in the 79th following a squabble. The icing on the cake came during additional time (90’+1’) when Valere Germain, who had just replaced Martial, marked for a final score of 4-1. “The fans support is heartwarming,” said Germain, who had a standing ovation by the public when he entered the field. Their Little Prince certainly did not disappoint them!
The victory keeps Monaco five points ahead of Marseille (60 points), who they will play away next week. St. Etienne is not far behind on 5th position also with 60 points. The Monegasques are well positioned, but they should not rest on their laurels if they want to assure their qualification for the UEFA Champions League. See table below with current standings for the top 10 clubs.
At the end of the match players kicked official size footballs into the tribunes, and young Monaco fan Joshua Treves, son of Samy of Sass Café in Monaco, managed to catch one. Bravo!
Last three matches of the season in League 1 for Monaco
- Sunday, May 10 at 21:00 – Olympic Marseille-AS Monaco – 36th
- Saturday, May 16 at 21:00 – AS Monaco-FC Metz – 37th
- Saturday, May 23 at 21:00 – FC Lorient-AS Monaco – 38th