Beaten 2-0 in Portugal, Monaco took a draw against Braga (1-1), this Thursday, in the round of 16 second leg of the Europa League. A very insufficient result to prevent the elimination of the princely club, too mediocre on the double confrontation.
Ben Yedder was silent to Braga.
The Europa League is already over for Monaco. Despite a more than convincing first round, the princely club took the door in the round of 16 after their draw against Braga (1-1) this Thursday in the round of 16 in the second leg.
Defeated in Portugal (2-0), the band Philippe Clement never gave the impression of being able to shake their opponent to reach the TOP 8 of the competition.
Braga sinks Monaco off center
Forced to score two goals to at least hold on to extra time, Monaco completely missed their start to the game. Almost surprised by a powerful attack from Ricardo Horta, Nbel found himself on a long shot from Ruiz that was slightly deflected by Vanderson (0-1, 20th). Except for their crampons, the Mongasques barely reacted. A rough game, many approaches, the technical quality of the ASM left something to be desired.
To get closer to Braga’s goal, Monaco had to go through set pieces. But each time Matheus was vigilant in pushing away the heads of Disasi and Volland. Ablaze in the first leg, the Brazilian goalkeeper was once again decisive on a twist shot by Ben Yedder. A strong moment when the princely formation, which until half-time encountered the Portuguese defense and its large mates, was not served.
Disasi saves honor
On coming back from the locker room, Monaco passed second. At close range, Ben Yedder again encountered Matheus, author of a reflex parry with his foot. Another duel won by Braga’s doorman, who psychologically dominated his opponents. And when the ASM seemed to be able to trick him, the defenders threw themselves starved to prevent the ball from spinning towards the frame.
In the last fifteen minutes Braga managed to keep the lead fairly well in hand, thanks in particular to an Al Musrati gala. However, it took another big save from Matheus to stop a powerful medium shot from Vanderson. Disasi’s goal with a furious header from a corner changed nothing (1-1, 90′). Monaco deserved no better than this draw and exited the Europa League through the back door.
Match Score: 5/10
A mediocre match, partly due to the shyness and clumsiness of the Monaco players. While we expected aggressive and attacking Asmistes, they never managed to pick up the pace. In contrast, Braga did not have to force his talent to master the princely formation. A small show overall.
The goals :
– Launched on the left, Castro sends a shot pushed back by Nbel. The ball returns to the feet of Ruiz, who fires a shot from 25 yards that is slightly deflected by Vanderson’s back. Too short, the German goalkeeper has no steady hand and is surprised to his right (0-1, 20th).
– In a left corner, Golovin finds Disasi in front of Matheus’ goal. The Monegasque central defender flies over his opponents and puts in an unstoppable angry header (1-1, 90th).
COMMENTS from the players
Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) of comments to each player.
Man of the match: Ali Mohamed Al Musrati (8/10)
A monster. The Libyan midfielder literally ate the Mongasques. Defensively, he intervened systematically to push back the enemy offensives. With the ball, he always managed to find his partners with a pass to let his block breathe. Excellent from start to finish.
Alexander Nbel (4): fairly well on his way out, the German goalkeeper fell back into his traps. He got himself into trouble with a missed raise before making a deflected shot with too timid a dive. A fever that conditioned his team’s game.
Vanderson (5): Insulting, probably a little too much. The right-back has too often forgotten to defend, especially on goal, where he leaves his lane to catch up and counter Ruiz’s shot. He struggled with the few breakthroughs in his job. Replace the 84th minute with Reuben Aguilar (not not)†
Axel Disasi (7): The central defender who passed through Reims had little to do tonight. Although he was a bit feverish in the first quarter, he had little to blame on this section and saved his honor with a powerful header in the closing moments.
B. Badiashile (6): Same observation for Asmist’s other centre-back, who kept the Portuguese attackers in check quite well. All in all, a pretty quiet game.
Caio Henrique (4): some climbs without much impact. Other than a good center for Volland, the left side was little in sight. Disappointing. Replace the 63rd minute with Ismal Jakobs (not not)†
Sofiane Diop (6): The only Mongasque player to have made notable differences on his wing. He is the origin of the great opportunity that Ben Yedder got on his return from the locker room. His exit in the crowd remains a real mystery. Replace the 52nd minute with Aleksandr Golovin (not not)†
Jean Lucas (4): Set in the ashes after his passage on the right wing in the first leg, the Brazilian midfielder didn’t weigh at all this evening. Due to the technical weakness, Monaco was unable to make the difference in the axle. Replace the 52nd minute with Guillermo Maripan (not not)†
Aurlien Tchouamni (4): At the insistence of Didier Deschamps, the Mongasque midfielder will have to seriously up his game. He also weighed too little in midfield this evening. His behavior on Ruiz’s goal, with a blatant lack of aggressiveness, is symptomatic of Monaco’s average play.
Gelson Martins (4): Excitement, percussion, but made almost no difference on his left wing. The Portuguese striker has never troubled Braga’s defenders, not diversifying his game enough.Replaced in the 52nd minute by Myron Boadu (not not)†
Wissam Ben Yedder (4): The Mongasque captain tried everything but ultimately failed to mislead Matheus. Also this evening he lost his two duels with the Portuguese goalkeeper. An inefficiency that is expensive when it comes to doing the accounting.
Kevin Volland (3): a ratmatch in wide widths. The German striker was not dangerous in this match. Swallowed by the dense Portuguese defenses, he lived the encounter in complete anonymity.
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MONACO 1-1 SPORTY BRAGA (interim: 0-1) – EUROPE LEAGUE – 1/8 final
Stadium: Stade Louis II, Fontvieille – Referee: Andreas Ekberg, Sweden
goals : A. Disasi (90th) for MONACO – Abel Ruiz (20th) for SPORTING BRAGA
SPORTY BRAG †
Braga’s joy after Ruiz’s goal (0-1, 20th)
Ben Yedder missed his date