In what has been an enjoyable start to the year for AS Monaco and the club’s supporters, the red and whites have recorded yet another victory, keeping their unbeaten streak alive.
On Sunday, February 28, Monaco hosted Stade Brestois 29 at the Stade Louis II in a regular Ligue 1 clash. To face the visitors, head coach Niko Kovac opted to play the same starting 11 players that thrashed Paris Saint-Germain last week, but in a different 3-4-3 formation.
The Principality side got off to a solid start as Ruben Aguilar made a couple of shots on goal, but to no avail as Brest goalkeeper Gautier Larsonnuer remained attentive between the posts, and would do for most of the match. The best opportunity of the first half arrived in the form of a penalty, which Wissam Ben Yedder was unable to convert at the 28th minute. The first half concluded with an empty scoreline.
The second half began in a similar manner to that of the first, as the Monegasques pushed upfield in search for goals. Putting in a big shift, Larsonnuer kept Monaco scoreless after another three shots. To breath new life into the game, Kovac made a triple-change, bringing on Aleksandr Golovin, Krépin Diatta and Stevan Jovetić at the 73rd minute.
As has so frequently been the case this year, the substitutions would break the match open. Super-sub Jovetić received the ball from Golovin, before taking an inch-perfect shot and with that finally besting the opposing goalie. Having earned their first goal at the 76th minute, the hosts were not content yet.
To seal the deal, star striker Kevin Volland found the back of the net at the 90th minute, on a cross from Golovin again. As the final whistle blew, the red and whites celebrated yet another victory in 2021 and the 10th in 12 consecutive matches.
So, the Monegasques remain undefeated and continue on their first Ligue 1 title race challenge since they were last crowned champions of the league in that 2016/17 season. This season, we have witnessed an impressive return to top form, one which has been masterminded by Kovac and executed by a squad of highly motivated players.
Here’s to hoping that Monaco can maintain their impressive momentum, as they travel to the Stade de la Meinau to face off against RC Strasbourg Alsace on Wednesday, March 3.
Featured image courtesy of AS Monaco, Kevin Volland celebrates his 13th goal in his first season with the club