After a less than successful Europa League fixture against Ferencvaros just days before, AS Monaco played like a new team in their Ligue 1 match in Reims on Sunday, September 18, in which three of Philippe Clement’s men managed to get on the scoresheet.
Just 22 minutes into the first half, Reims went down to 10 men, as midfielder Bradley Locko picked up a red card. A slew of yellow cards followed but no one else would be leaving the pitch before halftime.
Monaco took a commanding lead just minutes into the second half through an Aleksandr Golovin goal on an assist by Axel Disasi, making it 1-0 for Monaco at the 47th minute.
The Russian international was substituted off almost 20 minutes later in place of Takumi Minamino, who scored his first goal for AS Monaco at the 87th minute, thanks to an assist by Breel Embolo.
To seal the deal in the dying moments of the match, team captain Wissam Ben Yedder scored the third goal of the match, and his first in Ligue 1 this season.
With a well-needed win and three extra points under their belts, the Monegasques climb up to fifth place in Ligue 1, and will have another chance to scale the table when they face off against Nantes at home on Sunday, October 2.