Following the large victory of Olympique Lyonnais yesterday against FC Lorient (4-1), AS Monaco sees its place in the Champions League being called into question. Descended to fourth place, the Asémist club had to win to regain the podium. Opposed to the Stade de Reims (13th) on behalf of the 36th day, the club coached by Niko Kovac presented itself with ambitions at the Stade Auguste-Delaune against Champenois already maintained. For this match, the Rémois organized in a 4-3-3 with Rajkovic in the goals behind Foket, Faes, Abdelhamid and Konan. Munesti and Chavalerin accompanied Cassama in the midfield while Mbuku, Dia and Cafaro formed the attacking trio. Monaco opted for a 3-4-1-2 with Lecomte in the net behind Disasi, Maripan and Badiashile. Aguilar and Henrique took the wings while Tchouaméni and Fofana made up the double pivot. Volland and Ben Yedder were supported by Matazo.
As expected, it was Monaco who took control of the ball from the first minutes and tried to build patiently. This led to a breakthrough by Caio Henrique who was blocked in his left lane (8th). Active, the Brazilian offered a lot of solutions to his team. The Monegasque pressing was intense and Kevin Volland forced Predrag Rajkovic to clear in disaster (11th). Found on the left of the area, Caio Henrique then deflected with his head towards the Reims goal, but the Serbian goalkeeper intervened (13th). Finally, the highlight of AS Monaco was rewarded with a goal. On the right of the area, Wissam Ben Yedder was found by Eliot Matazo. The French stared at Yunis Abdelhamid, passed the ball between the legs of the Moroccan international and gave back to the far post for the young Belgian midfielder who opened the scoring (1-0, 20th). AS Monaco took the advantage on the scoreboard and tried to maintain their cruising speed.
Monaco withstood the tough times of Reims
On an action quite similar to the goal, Wissam Ben Yedder still dismissed Eliot Matazo on the left. The young Monegasque played Predrag Rajkovic with a hook before missing his shot (25th). Manhandled, Reims finally answered a few seconds later. Boulaye Dia played on Guillermo Maripan and stood out with a powerful strike, but luckily for Monaco, Benjamin Lecomte was on the lookout (28th). Reims was doing better and Nathanaël Mbuku again found Boulaye Dia in the box. The Senegalese international saw his shot this time repelled by Benoît Badiashile (35th). Monaco retreated a bit, but obtained a penalty, but it was defeated by video arbitration (45th +2). After half-time, Reims returned with much better intentions. On a free kick, Mathieu Cafaro found Yunis Abdelhamid. The latter gave for Xavier Chavalerin who saw his counter volley (50th). Moreto Cassama then tried his hand at the shot, but it went to the left of the goal (56th).
The pressure was growing on Benjamin Lecomte’s goal. Launched on the left, Ghislain Konan centered at the far post, but Wout Faes did not frame his head (57th). Less and less sharp, Monaco was scared, because a Reims goal could change everything. However, the pace slackened. Sidibé and Martins returned to Monaco while Kutesa and Flips brought freshness to Reims (65th). Monaco gradually regained control and combined more. Aurélien Tchouaméni notably triggered a strike that did not find the frame (69th). Gelson Martins in turn triggered a shot but the ball was deflected (76th). Kevin Vollland then missed his deviation for Gelson Martins and Thomas Foket saved the Rémois by little (79th). Despite a few not very dangerous forays in Reims, Monaco was holding on. Youssouf Fofana even came very close to scoring (90th +1). Ultimately the score stayed there. AS Monaco won 1-0 and regained their place on the Ligue 1 podium, one point ahead of Olympique Lyonnais.
The classification of Ligue 1