Supporters in the stands of the Stade Louis II were treated to a satisfying return to club football following the international break, as Aleksandr Golovin saved the day with two stunning strikes in the face of a fierce FC Metz on Sunday, October 22.
In just the fourth minute 19 year-old Lamine Camara shocked the entire stadium with a wonder strike from 10 yards beyond the halfway line, bringing Metz ahead 0-1 in extraordinary fashion, having caught AS Monaco goalie Philipp Köhn by surprise and well off his line.
The Monegasques made a couple of attempts to rectify the situation, only to see their shots fly high above the opposing goal, until Monaco midfield maestro Golovin performed an unstoppable power shot from 25 metres out and into the top right corner of the visitors’ goal to equalise at the 42nd minute.
Not satisfied with a level scoreline, Golovin came back to bite at the start of the second half with another shot straight out of the top drawer again from some distance. This time the midfielder struck gold from a set piece, scoring a free kick to bring Monaco in the lead by 1-2 at the 55th minute.
Already the man of the match, Golovin had another opportunity to find the back of the net from another free kick, but opted to find his teammates with a curled pass into the box instead. This attempt was without success, and as the Monaco forwards struggled to find the back of the net themselves, the scoreline remained at 1-2 as the final whistle blew.
With three important points from this home victory, Monaco reclaim the top spot in the Ligue 1 table, having been temporarily displaced by Nice and Paris after their respective wins against Marseille and Strasbourg on the previous day. The next fixture will see Monaco travel to Lille on Sunday, October 29.
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