Monaco hanging on to Troyes after a stunning match

Monaco hanging on to Troyes after a stunning match

The game: 2-2

If the race for Europe promises to be indecisive until the end, that for the maintenance will be just as much. On Sunday, by bringing back a point from his reception from Monaco, Troyes (19th) returned to one point from the first non-relegation player by leaving the princely club on the podium, tied on points with Lens (4th).

The Monegasques, however, got the first chances to worry Gauthier Gallon, exploiting the spaces in the Aube defense. Nevertheless, Aleksandr Golovine lacked precision in the last gesture (7th, 9th), then Axel Disasi did not deflect a free kick from Caio Henrique enough to score (37th) and, finally, Kevin Volland saw his shot shave the post, after a judicious delivery from Wissam Ben Yedder with his back to goal (41st).

Estac, on one of its rare incursions, took the opportunity to punish Monaco. Adil Rami, in the central circle, inherited Caio Henrique’s clearance to dismiss the game on Rominigue Kouamé on his right. The Malian, at the end of his breakthrough in the axis, opened the scoring at the entrance to the surface in a very beautiful way, with a powerful shot in the skylight (1-0, 31st).

In the second half, Ben Yedder, with a wrapped shot that grazed the skylight (61st), sounded the rebellion, before missing the target during his duel with the Trojan doorman (70th). By dint of trying, the French international finally managed to be decisive. Taking advantage of work from Breel Embolo in the box, the captain of AS Monaco, in two stages, scored in the empty goal despite the rescue attempt by the Porozo-Baldé duo (1-1, 80th)… a few seconds before doubling the lead by beating Gallon on a cross from Golovin (1-2, 85th).


Only Kylian Mbappé (18 goals) is ahead of Wissam ben Yedder in the Ligue 1 scorer rankings. With his double, the Monegasque captain is back, with 16 goals, up to Jonathan David.

But Estac did not stop there and Ike Ugbo, who had barely entered the game, highlighted the defensive setbacks of ASM. Alone at six meters on a cross from Abdu Conté, the Canadian deceived Nübel, not free from any reproach, with a furious helmet shot (2-2, 90th + 1).

In fact, Monaco remains third and misses the opportunity to pass in front of OM, before the trip of the Marseillais to Rennes this Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.). Troyes, still 19th, has recorded a first point since January 28 (1-1 against Lens) and remains in the game for the maintenance race.

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