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After the draw for LOSC (1-1) and the victory for PSG (3-2), and before OL’s trip to Nantes, AS Monaco played a very important match against the Girondins de Bordeaux this Sunday, at the Matmut Atlantic. On a series of three wins in the league, the Asemists had to continue to stay one point behind the club in the capital and especially return to two units of the Mastiffs. For its part, the FCGB, in a bad patch (3 defeats in a row), wanted to give themselves a little air, the red zone being only five points. Niko Kovac lined up a 4-4-2 with his duo Volland-Ben Yedder at the forefront. Jean-Louis Gasset started with a 4-3-3 with Ben Arfa on the right side.

With the title race in everyone’s mind, the players of the Club du Rocher put a big rhythm in place from the first moments before procrastinating. We quickly understood that the Girondins were going to live a complicated game. Moreover, Costil had to quickly work on an attempt by Golovin (15th). Tchouaméni, a few moments later, did not catch the frame (17th). The Girondins did not see the leather and even lost their captain Koscielny to injury, replaced by Mexer (24th). A difficult start to the match for the FCGB, which cracked at the half-hour mark.

First goal for Gelson Martins since November 29

Shifted to the left, Volland returned to the box, got on his right foot and finished it off with a nice curled shot (30th, 0-1). At the end of a first period largely under control, with no Bordeaux attempt, the Asémistes returned to the locker room with a goal in advance. Bordeaux could not do worse in the second period and ASM had to take shelter. And two minutes after the resumption, Niko Kovac’s team took a break. Launched in depth and covered by Baysse, Gelson Martins scored with his right foot (47th, 0-2). An important goal on a personal level, the Portuguese having been absent for several weeks because of a knee operation.

The offensive elements were doing their job in the Monegasque ranks, just like the goalkeeper. On one of the rare occasions in the Gironde, Lecomte left a double parade before releasing in disaster (66th). The Girondins finally showed something and on a service from Benito, De Préville unfortunately found the post (77th). Luck was not on the FCGB’s side. Really not because in the process, Lacoux was expelled following a second warning (78th). At ten against eleven, the Bordelais pushed but did not come back. Worse, the visitors scored a third goal thanks to a header from Jovetic (90th, 0-3). AS Monaco won easily. A victory which allowed ASM to consolidate its third place. Bordeaux was still worried and remained sixteenth.



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