Football – Ligue 1 – 6th day: Monaco win the Nice derby thanks to Embolo (0-1)

Football – Ligue 1 – 6th day: Monaco win the Nice derby thanks to Embolo (0-1)

Football – Ligue 1 – 6th day: Monaco win the Nice derby thanks to Embolo (0-1)

Monaco reacts and finally returns to victory, nearby Nice falls back. The Principality club won the Côte d’Azur derby on the lawn of the Palestra, Sunday, at the end of the 6th matchday of Ligue 1 (0-1). In a generally closed match, the visitors made the best collective impression against the rude Aiglons. A goal from Breel Embolo in the second half (69th) was enough to make them happy. Philippe Clement’s players move up to 10th place with 8 points while Lucien Favre’s players are locked in 16th place with 5 units on the clock.

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At kick-off, both teams had the same number of points. They also showed up in the same 3-4-3 system which should provide a solid defensive base and allow the forwards to take depth. This is one of the reasons why the Monegasque manager preferred to leave Wissam Ben Yedder on the bench for the whole match. His Nice counterpart has lined up the Laborde-Delort duo with Nicolas Pépé. The latest rookie Ross Barkley was even introduced to the public before the meeting.

Favre in search of the right formula

The start of the match seemed to agree with Favre because Andy Delort went to the left and forced Alexander Nübel out of his area to slow him down, but Pépé was unable to take advantage of his teammate’s pass (5th). The German goalkeeper also had to parry a powerful Youcef Atal cross from the right (12th). Finally, the last bastion of ASM captured Pépé’s powerful recovery after an axial turn by Gaëtan Laborde and a delivery by Delort (29).

These three occasions, however, do not hide the great difficulties of the Nice in midfield against the Monegasques, very well organized and able to press high. Muscularly, Atal also had to give way to Jordan Lotomba (34th). Melvin Bard, he didn’t go very far from the leak in his area on Embolo (37th). The Swiss center forward is back in office to serve Aleksandr Golovin who opened the right to the left of the truth zone a little too much (41st).

Realistic thrombus

Pablo Rosario surprisingly replaced Khephren Thuram at the restart. The change did not bear fruit, the entry of Alexis Beka Beka in place of the discreet Aaron Ramsey (55th). Still dominant in midfield, the Monegasques are thinking of opening the scoring from a corner kick thanks to Youssouf Fofana who is offside (64 °). However, the sanction ended up falling for nice people who were too uninspired collectively. Caio Henrique sends a precise cross from the left towards the far post where Embolo dominates Mattia Viti in the air and heads the passive Kasper Schmeichel (0-1, 69 °). The Swiss scored on his first and only shot of the match.

Favre launched his recruits Joe Bryan and Sofiane Diop to try to reverse the trend (76th). The English left piston, on loan from Fulham, however, did not stand out in a collective without ideas. The former Monegasque hit well towards the opponent’s surface but also placed a shot that was too soft and thus slipped a tie ball in the recovery (90 ° + 2). Having clinched its first league win of the season midweek against Lille (1-2), the Gym is again in doubt. The ASM, savors the success after two draws and two defeats, the last of which is rather serious in front of Troyes (2-4). This flurry will require confirmation against Lyon in a week’s time.

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