Reduced quickly to ten, the Monegasques have done more than compete against Guingamp. 2-2 at the end of regulation time, but end up losing 5-4 in penalties in the semifinal of the Coupe de la Ligue.
For his first match since returning to the AS Monaco bench, Leonardo Jardim returns to four at the back protected by Vainqueur and Jemerson, converted defensive midfielder in this semi-final of the League Cup. Barely 10 minutes of play and Monegasques are again outnumbered. William Vainqueur is sent off after a tackle on Thuram. Far from being discouraged, the Red & Whites open the scoring. Rony Lopes enjoys a good bit of skill from Gelson Martins on the left and puts home a lovely acrobatic goal in middle of the Guingampaise penalty area (18′).
In the wake of the goal, Gelson Martins gets down the right side and serves deep to Golovin. The class of the Russian international comes to light with a powerful shot under Johnsson’s crossbar. 2-0 at the break.
The opponent comes back in the second period. It takes less than a minute as Thuram fires past Subasic with a long shot (55′). The Monegasque goalkeeper allows his team to stay in the game by performing great saves on numerous occasions. 2-2 at the end of the additional time. A new penalty shootout after the quarterfinal against Rennes. Despite two saves from Suba, AS Monaco bows out 5-4. There will be no third consecutive League Cup final.
Next match: Saturday against Toulouse at 20h (L1 – J23)