For their first match of the Europa League group stage, AS Monaco won away against Red Star Belgrade (1-0). An unconvincing and even lucky success.
Youssouf Fofana had too much waste in the first period.
Reversed in the Europa League after failing in the Champions League preliminary round, AS Monaco can show great ambitions in this competition.
But with this kind of performance, the Principality club probably won’t be a favorite. The result, in fact, is perhaps the only positive point of this evening in Belgrade.
Camara lacks realism!
The guests certainly dominated in the first period, but technically too weak to make a difference.
On the only successful collective action, Camara opened her foot too much and missed a huge opportunity in the quarter of an hour! Aside from Fofana’s powerful goal on goalkeeper Borjan, it is the only real chance for Philippe Clement’s men, unable to find themselves in the final meters and put in danger before half-time.
A generous penalty saves ASM
After a failed exit from Nbel, defender Dragovic did not fit in his head. Then the ex-resident of Nantes Bukari, unstoppable, lost the duel against the German goalkeeper! The time has come for the referee to blow the whistle at half-time for Monaco, still dominated after returning from the locker room. This time it was the crossbar that prevented midfielder Kanga from opening the scoring, before Nbel’s magnificent save from Katai’s free-kick!
The Monaco was gone and yet Golovin gets a very generous penalty which ends with the arrival of Embolo (0-1, 74 ‘)! A small miracle for the Mongas who suffered until the end, as the referee finally refused a second penalty, this time valid. While the Serbs may have one after a late tackle by Maripan. Be that as it may, ASM leaves with an undeserved victory.
Match score: 2/10
Congratulations to those who watched this match from start to finish … The technical level was incredibly low for a European Cup match! As a result, opportunities were rare. Fortunately, the Serbian audience was there.
The target. the goal:
– On a penalty obtained by Golovin, Embolo crosses the plate and catches the goalkeeper Borjan on the wrong foot (0-1, 74 °).
The NOTES of the Mongaschi
Maxifoot scored (out of 10) comments to each player.
Man of the match: Alexander Nbel (7/10)
It should be recognized, the Monaco goalkeeper was successful. Dragovic does not take advantage of his failure to exit. Then he is rescued from his bar. But he made three decisive saves. He starts by winning the duel against Bukari, before Katai’s exceptional free kick saved on his line! Finally, in injury time, he scored a header from Milunovic.
Alexander Nbel (7): see comment above.
Axel Disasi (6): like his slip caught by Nbel, the central defender closes the game in a panic. He had learned the subject quite well so far, with many duels won and constant pressure. He was one of the few Mongas who was able to break the lines through the pass, although his risk-taking sometimes resulted in loss of the ball.
Guillermo Maripan (3): overtaken by his slowness, the Chilean was overtaken by Pesic and Katai in two dangerous situations in favor of the Serbs. Feverish, he could (or) concede a late game penalty due to a late tackle on Ben Nabouhane.
Benot Badiashile (3): martyred by Bukari, the young Mongasco never found the solution to stop the former Nantes. Ghana forced him to withdraw a yellow card in the 18th minute, which did not make his job easier. Fortunately for him, his opponent ended up slowing down in the second period.
Vanderson (6.5): Always so generous in effort, the right piston brought a lot of percussion into its corridor. He has been able to make a difference several times against Rodic. But the last gesture was not there, like his blow too crossed by him.
Mohamed Camara (4.5): omnipresent in midfield, the Malian international allowed Monaco to settle in the opposing half in the first period. The playing volume of him still impressed. But like many of his teammates, he was not up to technical standards. He misses a sensational opportunity in the first period, before a completely wrong postponement that gave Bukari a great opportunity.
Youssouf Fofana (4): too imprecise in the first period, the midfielder did not raise the general technical level. He still fired a missile at goalkeeper Borjan, and didn’t go far from getting a penalty on contact with Dragovic. He was available in the right spaces upon returning from the changing rooms. A moment strangely chosen by Philippe Clement to bring it out. Replace the 57th with Jean Lucas (not no)victim of a magnificent Katai roulette right after entering the game.
Caio Henrique (3): struggling in transmissions, and served poorly in calls, the Brazilian did not hide his frustration during the match. He did not meet expectations even on the defensive level, he who was unable to manage the Bukari case with Badiashile.
Aleksandr Golovin (3): between his lack of precision, his bad choices and his tendency to disappear for long consecutive series, we can say that the attacking midfielder got the wrong game. The referee offers him a very generous penalty which is not enough to save his performance. Replace the 83rd with Ismail Jakobs (not).
Wissam Ben Yedder (2): Sure, the Mongas captain didn’t score any points on Thursday. Apart from the almost decisive step for Camara, who wasted a sensational opportunity, the striker has no precision on simple discounts. He had very few good balls to negotiate, his teammates had the funny idea of asking him for aerial duels. Replace the 66th with Breel Embolo (not no), marker from the spot, and that he should have gotten a second. But the referee and the VAR decided otherwise.
Takumi Minamino (1): catastrophic match for the Japanese! It’s simple, the rookie from Liverpool has lost everything she has undertaken. Under her technically and physically, she has lost most of her balls, most often on axis in dangerous areas. she started to get very creepy … Replaced the 57th by Krpin Diatta (not no)author of the cross on the penalty obtained, and little else.
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RED STAR BELGRADE 0-1 MONACO (half time: 0-0) – EUROPA LEAGUE – Group H (Monaco) / 1st matchday
Stadium: Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade – Referee: Harm Osmers, Germany
Targets : – B. Embolo (74 °, pen.) For MONACO
RED STAR BELGRADE :
Embolo does not tremble on the penalty (0-1, 74 °)
The only moment of joy for the Mongas
Ben Yedder suffered in duels
Minamino picks it up!