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Ligue 1: Monaco bounces back in Reims and takes third place in Lyon


Pulsive but victorious in Reims (1-0) this Sunday in Ligue 1, Monaco reacted well after their defeat against Lyon. The Principality chi club

Qualifying in the Champions League deserves to suffer a little.

Far from having shone this Sunday, AS Monaco nevertheless provided the essential (1-0), and kept all its hopes for C1.

“We had to win to stay in the race, it's done,” calmly summed up Benjamin Lecomte, the ASM goalkeeper.

After the home defeat against Lyon (3-2), on May 2, the Monegasques will nevertheless be able to congratulate themselves on having raised their heads and regained third place at OL, for one point, two days before the end of the championship. .

The victory of @ AS_Monaco in figures ➡️

- Ligue 1 Uber Eats (@ Ligue1UberEats) May 9, 2021

And as if this season was not crazy enough, it is a young player still unknown to the general public who delivered the club from the Rock: Eliot Matazo, 19 years old.

The Belgian winger, untenable in the first period, scored his first goal in Ligue 1 at the conclusion of a collective movement that he himself had initiated (1-0, 20th).

A big sprint in the axis to go up the field, a nice pass to the right for Ben Yedder, before recovering perfectly the center of the latter thanks to a clever call.

In short, a flash in the night.

"There is a lot of pressure"

Because, for the rest, Monaco was mostly exposed to the worst for 70 minutes. Lecomte indeed saved his team on strikes from Dia (28th) then Cafaro (58th). Reims defender Faes also grazed the frame of the head (57th). A few minutes earlier, the same Faes thought yet to offer a penalty to Monaco, for a non-existent foul on Volland (45th). The VAR finally did justice to Reims by canceling it, and plunged Monaco even more durably in doubt. "We tried to score this second goal, and since we did not succeed, we had to come back and it was difficult," admitted Monegasque goalkeeper.

Faced with the frustration of Niko Kovac's players, the Stade de Reims has therefore been able to be dangerous, but also exposed itself.

The goalkeeper Rajkovic in particular rejected a beautiful strike from Gelson Martins (76th), preceded in extremis by Foket a few moments later (79th).

A rare ineffectiveness for ASM, which has been a real cause for concern.

"We want to get this third place, there is a lot of pressure," explains Lecomte.

But it's the top of the ranking, and it's good for the future.


👀 Imperative victory for the @PSG_inside tonight?


- Ligue 1 Uber Eats (@ Ligue1UberEats) May 9, 2021

If the title is not mathematically inaccessible (74 points for ASM, 79 for Lille), the Monegasques are especially in the fight with Olympique Lyonnais (73) for third place, synonymous at least with 3rd round of qualifying of the C1 and, in the event of Manchester United's victory in the Europa League, direct qualification. Suffice to say that the team that will finish 4th will have trouble swallowing the pill. PSG, it is not yet safe.

Source: leparis

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