During the 38th day of Ligue 1, AS Monaco conceded the draw Lens (2-2) in the last moments of the game. As a result, the Principality club leaves 2nd place to Olympique de Marseille. While the Sang et Or will not play any European competition next season.
Seko Fofana has still been standard!
AS Monaco will have to settle for the 3rd step of the podium! Forced to win to secure their 2nd place before kick-off, the club from the Principality let the three points slip away in the final moments.
The evening had already started badly for the visitors, who were under Lensoise pressure from the start. The Sang et Or, who also had to win to grab 5th or 6th position, increased their domination over the minutes with many clear chances.
And it was on an error by goalkeeper Nbel, hitherto imperial, that Frankowski (1-0, 30th) logically opened the scoring! A blow for the Mongasques, especially as Olympique de Marseille took the advantage against Strasbourg and took 2nd place this time of the evening. Not sure that Philippe Clement’s men had the information before the quick equalizer signed Badiashile (1-1, 34th) from a corner.
A result still insufficient for ASM, provisionally 3rd, but also for Lens, only 7th in the provisional classification at the break. Lens therefore resumed its forward march but continued to come up against an excellent Nbel. The RCL would have needed a Ben Yedder (1-2, 62nd), terribly effective from the head on a counter!
Ganago hurts the ASM!
Monaco then regained 2nd place and thought to keep it until the end despite the Marseille festival (4-0). It was without counting on this final free kick which allowed Ganago (2-2, 90th + 6) to snatch a fatal equalization for Monaco! For its part, Lens will not play in European competition next season.
Match score: 8/10
A real European Cup match! The two teams in the race for a European ticket have put together all the necessary ingredients to qualify. Intensity, rhythm, opportunities until the final whistle… All in the crazy atmosphere of Bollaert. We had fun!
The goals :
– On a good right side movement, Pereira Da Costa launches Clauss in depth. The right piston centers on the ground and obliges Nbel a difficult intervention. The proof, the German only pushes the ball full axis in his area, allowing Frankowski to resume without control and to score with the help of the bar (1-0, 30th).
– After an outgoing corner from Golovin, Medina intervenes badly and prevents his teammate Danso from playing the duel against Badiashile. The Monegasque defender took the opportunity to score in two shots from close range in front of Fariez (1-1, 34′).
– In the counter phase, Vanderson reverses Volland on the left side. The German striker raises his head and sends a perfect cross into Ben Yedder’s race, whose spade header deceives Fariez (1-2, 62nd).
– On a long indirect free kick from Clauss on the left, the Monegasque defense fails to clear the ball which arrives at Ganago’s feet. Without asking any questions, the Lensois striker shoots Nbel! (2-2, 90th+6)
Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) comments on each player.
Man of the match: Seko Fofana (8.5/10)
A symbol of the Lens mentality, the midfielder showed incredible determination from start to finish! The Ivorian international has never ceased to put rhythm into the game of his team. He imposed enormous intensity on his opponents and could have scored on one of his attempts if Nbel hadn’t been so inspired.
Wuilker Fariez (6): difficult to point the finger at the two goals conceded. We will rather remember his excellent outing at the feet of Youssouf Fofana. Or his intervention on the ground on the center of Golovin.
Jonathan Gradit (6): attentive to the movements of Ben Yedder, the central defender has read the long balls intended for the Mongasque. He ended his match with a collision with Volland, which did not please his coach Franck Haise. Replace the 89th by Yannick Cahuzac (not).
Kevin Danso (7): unlucky on Badiashile’s goal, the Austrian is hampered by his teammate Medina. It is not known if he was really able to prevent this achievement. In any case, he was solid throughout the game, and in particular by countering Tchouamni’s strike at the entrance to the surface.
Facundo Medina (6.5): except for his awkwardness on Badiashile’s goal, the Argentinian made a convincing performance. He showed aggression in the duels and precision on certain forward throws. Also note his rescue on the occasion of Golovin.
Jonathan Clauss (7.5): one wonders how Monaco could give him so much freedom. Inevitably, the tricolor international took the opportunity to bring many dangerous crosses, including the one that led to the opener of Frankowski. It was also the quality of his right foot that put the Monegasque defense in difficulty on Ganago’s goal.
Cheick Oumar Doucour (7): impressive in the first period, the midfielder was everywhere! In recovery as in his projections forward, the Malian made the perfect match. Only goalkeeper Nbel was able to intervene against him, on a well-rolled shot. Unsurprisingly, he lowered his foot after the break, leaving his teammate Fofana more to take the initiative.
Seko Fofana (8.5): see comments above.
Przemyslaw Frankowski (6.5): the image of Clauss on the other lane, the left piston took advantage of an astonishing freedom on certain actions. He took the upper hand in his duels against Vanderson and posed a lot of problems by transplanting in the axis. This is what allowed him to open the scoring. Replace the 69th by Deiver Machado (non not).
Florian Sotoca (6.5): by his stalls and his ability to direct the game, the striker looked more like a number 10 than a real center forward. He was able to confuse the Mongasque defense with his incessant permutations and his magnificent crosses. He too could have scored from afar if Nbel hadn’t pulled out all the stops. Replaced the 69th with Wesley Sad (no not)which brought a lot of percussion.
David Pereira da Costa (8): lined up behind the two attackers, the Portuguese was a permanent threat to Monaco! He did not need to multiply the touches of the ball to find his teammates in good areas. It offers for example a big opportunity Kalimuendo, before launching Clauss on the action of the first goal. He also made the right choices when compensating for the rides of his partners. Replace the 80th by Corentin Jean (not not).
Arnaud Kalimuendo (6): rewarded for his mobility, the striker on loan from PSG found himself in a good position on many occasions. But he lacked efficiency, even if some would say that Nbel played well. Replace the 80th by Ignatius Ganago (not not)scorer late in the game.
Alexander Nbel (7): apart from his bad dismissal on Frankowski’s goal, the Monegasque goalkeeper was imperial! He multiplied the stops on long shots from Lensois, starting with Fofana who did not succeed in his special.
Ruben Aguilar (4): known for his qualities as a counter-attacker, the right side has never really let go in his climbs. He complained about the movements of Vanderson, with whom the agreement was not ideal this Saturday.
Axel Disasi (4.5): like his dangerous loss of the ball at the start of the match, the central defender still showed feverishness in certain phases of the game. He was clearly not comfortable with quick attacks lenses.
Benot Badiashile (7.5): unlike his teammate Disasi, the Bleuet always shows this amazing ease of recovery and in his interventions. He perfectly managed a one-on-one situation against Kalimuendo in his area and allowed himself a nice ball punch. Not to mention his opportunistic goal.
Caio Henrique (3.5): difficult to know what Phillipe Clement’s instructions were. In any case, Clauss too often found himself alone in his zone. We were therefore not surprised to see the French international lead the opener. Note a good center set back for Tchouamni on one of his rare interesting climbs. Replace the 88th by Guillermo Maripan (not not).
Youssouf Fofana (3): the former Strasbourg player was really not in it! After the loss of the ball which gave Kalimuendo an opportunity, the midfielder multiplied the inaccuracies and clumsiness, like this ball which he let pass while the Lensois Fofana was ideally placed to strike. He also got a chance neutralized by the exit of Fariez.
Aurlien Tchouamni (6): it took a good 45 minutes to see the talent we know. His slip in front of his surface pretty much sums up his performance in the first period, during which Seko Fofana and Doucour clipped him. Luckily for ASM, he got his foot on the ball afterwards and put his team in the right direction. He still comes close to the red card with a nasty tackle on Clauss!
Vanderson (4): despite his energy and liveliness, the Brazilian still used as a winger made no difference. His direct opponent Frankowski has often taken over physically. Replace the 72nd by Ismail Jakobs (not).
Kevin Volland (5.5): discreet or even invisible in the first period, the German was much more visible during the second act. His teammates found him more. And above all, he was able to connect with his accomplice Ben Yedder, whom he offers a superb decisive pass.
Aleksandr Golovin (4): apart from the decisive corner on Badiashile’s goal, the attacking midfielder was not very visible. He obviously didn’t have the legs to make the difference, nor to push the ball into the back of the net after his only good action in front of Fariez. And to make matters worse, he was behind Clauss at the time of the opener . Replace the 58th by Myron Boadu (not not)the entry of which allowed the Mongasque bloc to move up.
Wissam Ben Yedder (6.5): difficult to find in the first period, the Mongasque striker has long suffered from the technical weakness of his team. It was obviously better after the break since he received balls being closer to the opposing cage, hence the nice goal scored. Replace the 87th by Eliot Matazo (not not).
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LENS 2-2 MONACO (mid-time: 1-1) – FRANCE – Ligue 1 / 38th day
Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens – Referee: Benot Bastien, France
Goals : P. Frankowski (30th) for LENS – B. Badiashile (34th) W. Ben Yedder (62nd) for MONACO
Kalimuendo was not successful on his chances
Ben Yedder thought Monaco would win (1-2, 62nd)
The Monegasque defense ended up cracking in added time