Monaco tames Real Sociedad / Europa League (group stage)

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By winning against Real Sociedad this Thursday evening (2-1), AS Monaco made sure to finish in 1st place in their group.

Failed at the gates of the Champions League, AS Monaco will offer itself a European spring in its little sister. It is not the same prestige, but it can become a real ambition. Because the Principality’s club will brilliantly conclude this first round in first place in its pool. Opposed to a talented and unpredictable Real Sociedad team, the gang in Niko Kovac showed great strength of character to overcome the Basque formation. This face, already seen this season on the European scene, could take it far.

Monaco did not give up

This indecisive and pleasant balance of power has kept all its promises, with a beautiful opposition of styles. Where Sociedad tried to hold the ball to patiently build their attacks, ASM sought verticality to dive into recovery. This modus operandi has worked for him rather well. After the first alerts from Ben Yedder (7th) and Volland (11th), the Monegasques managed to unblock the situation thanks to the same Volland, precise at the conclusion of a nice triangle game started by Golovin and relayed by Ben Yedder (1 -0, 28e).

In this completely crazy first period, the Spaniards remained threatening. Januzaj sent a first thrill, before serving the hard-hitting Isak for the equalizer goal (1-1, 35 ‘). Stung, the ASM then revolted in the wake. On an off-center free kick well kicked by Diop, Badiashile found Fofana with a perfect rebate for the unstoppable header of the midfielder (2-1, 37th).

In this context, Kovac’s men, between two waters, had to get down to managing their advantage as best they could, while trying to take the blow.. Nübel appeared feverish on several actions, without consequence (42nd, 49th), while Isak, again, continued to cause trouble in the Monegasque defense (60th). But the locals could also have increased their advantage, with some hot situations in the last half hour, like Volland (87th). Above all, the ASM managed to keep its precious asset despite the expulsion of Fofana in an electric end of the match (89th). Monaco composes its ticket for the eighth after a princely match.

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