Silva and Germain scored sealing victory
It was Saturday night fever at Stade Louis II yesterday where the Red & Whites managed to beat Metz who had already descended into League 2, with a score of 2-0, in the 54th match of the season and the last at home. Croatian Danjiel Subasic, who is among the nominees for the UNFP League 1 Goalkeeper of the Year Award 2014-15, had several timely saves, crashing Metz goal intents. The 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (No.15) converted the first goal in additional time (46’). French striker and local hero Valere Germain sealed victory with a second goal at 88’, from a perfect pass from Silva, after having entered the field replacing Anthony Martial two minutes earlier, similar to what happened against Toulouse and Montpellier. To no surprise Germain is called the Supersub!
Portuguese coach extraordinaire Leonardo Jardim, whose contract has been extended until 2019, responded to questions after the match: “We had several missed occasions but we finally marked two goals. Metz had a very good twenty last minutes in the first half. But we knew how to increased the speed and with this match in a nice way.” And commenting on the upcoming game against Lorient, he added: “We simply have to do our work and win the match. On a synthetic field will be harder but the objective for Monaco is immense so we do not have to ask ourselves too many questions. We are third and we have our destiny in our hands.”
Monaco on a cliff-hanger until the last match
Monaco remains third on the table with 68 points and Marseille close behind with 66, and Saint Etienne also 66 but 5th due to goal difference. That means Monaco will need to secure a victory at their last match of the season playing against Lorient on Saturday, May 23, to qualify for the coveted UEFA Champions League that is the club’s main ambition. While Marseille will face Bastia with a possible local advantage because they will play at home, same as St. Etienne who will receive Guingamp. So, while the PSG already confirmed their third consecutive title as League 1 Champions and Lyon second, the third position is still for grabs, with suspense until the last minute. At the bottom of the pack Evian, Metz and Lens are relegated to League 2.
Match kick off
For the last match of the season, the AS Monaco wanted to highlight the generosity of the association “Gendarmes du Coeur” that helps families of gendarmes who were injured or died in the line of duty. So the honor to perform the fictional match kick off went to Frederic Bouchard from the association, together with Monaco fans Maxime Lefort and Veronique Marchesou, who had won a selfies contest during the game with Toulouse to celebrate the 500.000 followers of the AS Monaco in Twitter.