AS Monaco: Straightforward win against FC Nantes
AS Monaco saw off Claudio Ranieri’s FC Nantes by two goals to one.
Despite the Red & Whites dominating with over 60% possession, it was Nantes who opened the scoring with an impromptu lobbed effort (32’). The response from Leonardo Jardim’s men was…
Simple. Straightforward. Ten minutes went by. Then the captain showed the way, El Tigre equalizing with a first-time shot across the ‘keeper (42’), ensuring that the Red & Whites found the net for the 53rd successive match at the Louis-II! A fine achievement, with Falcao grabbing the 138th goal of the home scoring run… It was also the Columbian marksman’s 50th goal in 72 Ligue 1 appearances! Phenomenal stuff.
Your Player of the Month for March also got his name on the scoresheet. With his back to goal, Rony Lopes controlled with his right foot and curled a brilliant left-footed effort into the corner of the Nantes net. The strike see the young Portuguese emulate Cavani’s feat of scoring in seven consecutive matches last autumn. The half-time score was 2-1 to Monaco, thanks to Rony’s 12th goal of the season, and his eighth in seven games…
The second half was a quiet affair, as the home side controlled proceedings, though Falcao came close to bagging his second of the game (83’). Subasic was dominant at set pieces and after making a fingertip save to keep out a long-range Nantes effort, the Croatian ‘keeper dealt with the resulting corner in imperious style, making sure of the three points to keep the Red & Whites ahead of Marseille and Lyon.
Raggi and co have now picked up 22 points when coming from behind in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team, a stat that sums up their tenacity.