Faced with a brave team from Nîmes, Monaco was again held in check, Friday night, on the pitch (1-1)
Monaco can not do it! The Principality team was held to a draw at home by Nîmes (1-1) on Friday, and now remains in six games without a win, in all competitions.
With six points in six games, Monaco (12th) is in a crisis of result. Certainly, leaders like Leonardo Jardim had announced early in the season that it would take time to rebuild a competitive team. But now, the delay accumulated on the opponents in the race to the podium begins to weigh heavily. Not to mention the opportunity to grab a spot for the next Champions League that is moving away.
Exploit for Nîmes
The Nîmes, faithful to their playing habits, have for their part hung their eighth point of a season that has already seen them challenge Marseille, Paris, Bordeaux and now Monaco. A feat on paper. But not in fact, as this team has the heart. Even though she has often drawn physically against Monaco.
the Nimes attacked the floor and smothered a team of Monaco well overhauled after his defeat in the Champions League last Tuesday against Atletico Madrid (1-2).
After ten minutes, Bernard Blaquart’s men had already won three corners and had three strikes. The first, that of Bobichon passed above (3). Just like the second, a Ripart head (8). On the third, Benaglio was to work on a new attempt by Bobichon, deflected by Ait Benasser (9).
Despite a poorly controlled reaction from Mboula, whose shot went over (12), the Gardois continued their pressure from the opponent.
Diop’s foul on Alakouch gave a dangerous free kick. Bobichon, at the magic foot, placed the ball on the head of his captain Briançon, all alone (0-1, 19). While Leonardo Jardim and his deputy Antonio Vieira had previously made fun of asking that the wall be only one unit to densify the possibility of returning the ball. Without success.
This goal had at least the gift of awakening the Monegasques. Starting with Captain Radamel Falcao. Starting from a distance, without too far away Briançon coming out correctly, Falcao shot a winning 25-meter cross (1-1, 27). With this third goal in L1 of the season, the Colombian continued to heal his stats, with a 53rd unit in 80 games in the French elite.
Monaco dominated the end of halftime. But, by the fault of goalkeeper Bernardoni Nimois, the Monegasque team could not convert two wonderful opportunities. The international goalkeeper had a perfect header from Falcao (39) and a reverse header from Glik (45).
At the resumption, the Red and White continued the work of undermining. A curling shot by Diop was again diverted by Bernardoni (49). A volley of Falcao crashed on the crossbar (53).
Despite his mastery, Monaco was not immune to a set kick Nimes. Once again, the duo Bobichon (at the keystroke) – Briançon (at the head) was in evidence. Benaglio flew off with good luck (63).
Jardim launched Grandsir, Golovin and Sylla to try to make a difference. The latter, alone at six meters, was completely missed after a good center of the first (80). It was the last situation for the ASM, for whom it starts to smell bad …
6th day of Ligue 1 football:
- Monaco – Nimes 1 – 1
- (5pm) Lille – Nantes
- (8 pm) Reims – Dijon
- Strasbourg – Amiens
- Angers – Toulouse
- Montpellier – Nice
- Saint-Etienne – Caen
- (3 pm) Rennes – Paris SG
- (5pm) Guingamp – Bordeaux
- (9 pm) Lyon – Marseille