AS Monaco begins its campaign with a victory against Red Star Belgrade

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AS Monaco began their Europa League adventure by recording a crucial 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade away.

The game

Starting the match in 3-4-3 following their success against OGC Nice in the derby, Philippe Clément’s men did just what was needed to win with enthusiasm, in a relatively balanced and full match. of occasions in the Marakana.

Although Mohamed Camara and Youssouf Fofana nearly broke the deadlock in the first half, both teams entered the interval with scores locked at 0-0.

With Monaco conceding plenty of chances and not entirely finding their rhythm, the introduction of Breel Embolo proved a masterstroke for Clement. Arriving big when his team needed him, the Swiss international striker immediately made his mark by scoring a goal from the penalty spot to give his team the advantage.

From there, with the help of Alexander Nubel’s heroism in goal, the Monegasques held on to register a vital victory on the road despite not being at their best.

Clement’s debriefing

“I think we lacked serenity in the first and second half to be able to make the difference in front of goal. We were too imprecise in the last gesture, ”explained an honest Clément.

“There is a very big opportunity on the action of Mo Camara who finds himself in a position to strike. Unfortunately, he didn’t score. We therefore lacked accuracy in some face-to-face matches, which we wanted to correct when we returned from the locker room. Especially since we knew that the public was going to push his team hard. I found us better in the transitions in the second half, but the use of the ball was still not very good tonight.

“I made substitutions at 0-0 to win, and in the end the result was favorable. In general, we did a good job defensively to keep the advantage, although I repeat that the animation does not was not very satisfying. Despite everything, we had two away matches against two big teams, each time with a clean sheet at the finish. And that’s positive.”

Nubel the Savior

Undoubtedly Monaco’s man of the match, the German stopper was at the top of his game to help his team triumph while keeping a deserved clean sheet. Making a total of five saves during the night, three of which were particularly formidable, Nubel’s reflexes, mobility and maneuverability were a joy to watch, on a night where he really made a difference.

Key statistics

Even though Monaco were beaten 13-11, some notable numbers came from how they improved their opponents in terms of possession (51%-49%), expected goals (1.48-1.05), assists in the opposing half (200 to 142), tackles won (10 to 5), clearances (20 to 13) and aerial duels won (14 to 11).

Lyon awaits you

Next up for Monaco is another colossal clash, this time against Lyon, where they hope to extend their two-game winning streak to three by toppling fourth-placed Les Gones at the Stade Louis II.

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