After a rather forgettable recent run of performances, AS Monaco have finally found success in the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season, with a 2-1 victory over Troyes on Sunday, August 29.
The fixture was held away at the Stade de l’Aube, the home grounds of the reigning Ligue 2 champions who Monaco would be facing off against.
Aurélien Tchouameni and Gelson Martins created and took the first shots of the match, but the scoreline remained unchanged. At the 40th minute, it was Sofiane Diop who would open the scoring for Monaco with a goal from close range.
Thanks to this, Niko Kovac and co’ returned to the locker room with a one goal advantage over Troyes. However, such a slight advantage did not last long, as Monaco defender Ruben Aguilar was unfortunate enough to deflect a Trojan free kick into the back of his own net.
This fiasco brought the scoreline up to a level 1-1 at the 51st minute, but it would not take Monaco too long to restore order to the match.
On a high ball from Youssouf Fofana, Diop came back for more and and managed to score again at the 58th minute, reclaiming the lead for Monaco. The French rising star very nearly scored a hat trick thereafter, had it not been for an intervening goalie.
Monaco were back in the lead, but the match had not yet been won, and a series of serious shots from Troyes kept the visiting fans on the edges of their seats.
In the end, the match concluded with a score of 2-1, and Monaco emerged victorious for the first time in the current Ligue 1 season.
This result is a welcome one for red and white fans everywhere, as the Principality side sorely needed a win following their exit from the UEFA Champions League earlier in the same week.
For now, Monaco take a provisional 14th place in the Ligue 1 table, and will be looking to change that placement as they welcome Marseille at the Stade Louis II on Sunday, September 12.
Featured image courtesy of AS Monaco