First good poster of the season, the duel between Strasbourg and Monaco did not disappoint. Overall dominating, ASM answered present to win (1-2) in Alsatian soil, despite an excellent Matz Sels in the cages of Racing and a big scare at the end of the game. A good omen before his return leg against PSV in Europe.
Strasbourg 1-2 Monaco
Goals: Diallo (65e) for Racing // Diatta (43e) and Diop (53e) for ASM
After the appetizer on Friday evening, the LFP wanted to spoil the regulars of Ligue 1 on this first day. On the one hand, Strasbourg, scarecrow of last season and which had failed at the gates of the top five of a gut. On the other, Monaco, steamroller on the second part of the season to get a place on the podium of the championship of France and which started its season slightly earlier. The logic was finally respected, Monaco leaving with three points in the bag thanks to a deserved success (1-2), despite a burst of pride from Racing.
Diatta, the big comeback
Scheduled in the middle of a duel in two sets against PSV Eindhoven in the preliminary round of the Champions League, the return of ASM to Ligue 1 did not take place with the typical team imagined. Six changes compared to the match against the Dutch club, and not the least: Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland, Vanderson or Aleksandr Golovin are not in the starting XI. But Philippe Clement has resources, and his workforce too. The Rock club quickly gets into the game, even if Sofiane Diop is betrayed by his ball handling (9e) and Jean Lucas checked by Matz Sels (14e). The latter will also disgust his opponents during the 90 minutes. Author of nine saves, each more beautiful and decisive than the other, the Belgian goalkeeper puts Gelson Martins, Diop and Breel Embolo through hell. Opposite, Racing is too shy and only a good strike from outside the surface of Dimitri Liénard (38e) sends shivers through the public of the melting Meinau. You have to wait until the last moments to see the bulletin board unlock. On a long corner from Diop, the leather returns to Krépin Diatta who, in first intention, drops a sublime unstoppable volley (0-1, 43e).
Mission accomplished for the ASM
ASM set off again at the same pace at the start of the second period and, after the failures of Martins (47e) and Diatta (49e), made the break thanks to the opportunism of Diop, on the lookout to take back a ball diverted by Sels (0-2, 53e). But the Monegasques did not manage to kill the match, Lucas even seeing his attempt deflected by Sels on the post (60e), and give themselves a few sweats when Habib Diallo catapults a cross from Thomas Delaine with his head into the back of the net (1-2, 65e). And by dint of leaving a door open, especially after a new quality stop by Sels in front of Maghnes Akliouche (86e), Clement’s players put themselves in danger for the endgame. But neither Diallo, whose goal was disallowed for a millimeter offside detected by the VAR (90e+3), nor Adrien Thomasson and Gerzino Nyamsi (90e+6), who come up against Alexander Nübel, fail to snatch a draw from Racing. The ASM can breathe, the contract is fulfilled. Place now in C1. Strasbourg (3-4-1-2): Salts – Perrin (Le Marchand, 66e), Nyamsi, Djiku – Pierre-Gabriel (Delaine, 46e), Prcić, Bellegarde (Aholou, 66e), Liénard (Jean, 82e) – Thomasson – Diallo, Ajorque (Gameiro, 66e). Coach : Julien Stephan.
Monaco (4-2-3-1): Nübel – Aguilar, Disasi, Maripán, Jakobs – Fofana, Lucas – Diatta (Matazo, 87e), Diop (Akliouche, 66e), Martins (Vanderson, 73e) – Embolo. Coach : Phillip Clement.
By Fabien Gelinat