Ligue 1: Monaco bends Angers and puts pressure on OL and Lille

Wissam Ben Yedder
The Monegasques, winners in Angers (0-1), temporarily take second place and put pressure on Lyon and Lille.

Monaco did not scare, Monaco did not impress, but Monaco still won in Angers (1-0), this Sunday, April 25. Ahead of the shock of the 34th day of Ligue 1 between Lyon and Lille, ASM acquired three precious additional points to take second place, one point behind PSG, leader since Saturday. Niko Kovac’s players mainly put pressure on the Gones and the Mastiffs who face each other at 9 p.m.

The Monegasque team however provided a performance far enough from its usual standards. If it confirmed its defensive strength by chaining a ninth clean-sheet in all competitions, the ASM lacked a sharp edge offensively, far from being exciting like its 3.5 goals on average over its last four games. Ligue 1. Monaco had to be content with a late goal from Wissam Ben Yedder with a flick over Paul Bernardoni (79th). Author of his 18th goal of the season, the striker had yet started the meeting on the bench before replacing Stefan Jovetic left on injury (18th).

Monaco has long been trapped by a very dense Angevin team without the ball. Not helped either by the particularly choppy pace in the first period, whether because of numerous faults or injuries (Stefan Jovetic for Monaco, Ibrahim Amadou for Angers). Proof of the lack of enthusiasm on the lawn, Monaco framed the only two shots in the game before the break, taking advantage of the Angevin errors. It was first Jovetic who stumbled over Paul Bernardoni (14th) after a good service from Aleksandr Golovin. The Russian also lost his duel against the Angevin goalkeeper just before the break (43rd).

Back from the locker room, Monaco was a little more enterprising thanks to better conservation of the ball. Central defender Guillermo Maripan almost scored his sixth goal of the season but his happy recovery from the knee hit the crossbar (54th) before Ruben Aguilar crossed his shot too much on a subtle discount from Wissam Ben Yedder (58th). It was before the French international delivered his own on yet another loss of Angevin ball in the middle of the field.

Monaco continues its crazy calendar year 2021 by signing a fifth victory in a row in Ligue 1. Better, the teammates of Ben Yedder have lost only once, it was on March 21 (Strasbourg, 1-0). Even when the ASM does not perform its best performance, it garners three new units and puts pressure on Lyonnais and Lillois, who will conclude the day at 9 p.m. Niko Kovac’s troop can now turn their gaze to an essential deadline: the reception of OL on Sunday, May 2.

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