It was a disappointing trip up to the north of France for AS Monaco, as Lille got the best of the visiting Monegasques at their Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday, October 29.
Monaco midfielder Krépin Diatta almost scored a long-distance screamer into the top right corner of the hosts’ goal at the third minute, but the ball floated above the target. A physical fixture ensued with both teams getting stuck into the action, but it was eventually Lille who opened the scoring.
Having already made a few heart-stopping saves, Philipp Köhn was caught out by surprise by former Monaco player Ivan Cavaleiro, who caught a cross just right to make it 1-0 at the 32nd minute.
Deserved man of the match against Metz in the Monegasques’ previous game, Aleksandr Golovin attempted to level the scoreline thereafter, but an attentive Lucas Chevalier kept the Russian international at bay.
Bafodé Diakité doubled the lead for Lille with a low shot into the far bottom corner instead, adding an already favourable scoreline for the hosts at the 42nd minute.
Down by 2-0 at halftime, Monaco were unable to get one back before the full time whistle consolidated that same score into a rare away loss for the travelling red and whites.
Given the tight margin of points at the top of the Ligue 1 table, Monaco temporarily lose their top spot and fall to third place behind Nice and Paris. Adi Hütter and Co. will be looking to take their place back when they host Brest at the Stade Louis II on Sunday, November 5.
This article has been written by Jack Brodie for NEWS.MC, and as such is not to be republished under another name on another website.
Featured image courtesy of AS Monaco