Monaco 6-1 OM | A cut above the rest

27 Aug 2017
Frédéric Rostain
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Helios Image / Roland Grunchec - Nicolas Copin 2017
The match between AS Monaco and OM had a scent of Europe between a club qualified for the Champions League and another that will play in the Europa League group stages. But in the end, it will have above all highlighted the gap between the two teams

After the draw at home against Angers the previous day, OM had to start moving forward again, especially after qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League earlier this week. However, the opponents of the evening were none other than the defending champions of France. Last year, this match did not leave OM with a good memory for who had lost 4-0. The final score from 2016-17 was the same score at halftime this season. In an unprecedented 5-4-1 system at the start, Rudi Garcia's men conceded a goal in the second minute. Glik scored with a free-kick from the left side. In the wake, Diakhaby strikes Mandanda's post The start for the Olympians was complicated The rest was also ... without many opportunities, Jardim's men increased the gap to the scoreboard. Amavi conceded a penalty to Fabihno. Falcao became a force to be reckoned with midfield. It was with another free kick that Monaco were able to extend their lead. Falcao passed on a free-kick to Diakhaby, who with a header, scored. Just before half-time, Diakhaby scores from close range after being set up by Lopes.
4-0 after 45 minutes, OM were paying dearly. The Monacons did not have a string of opportunities but managed to turn nearly all them into goals. At the same time the Olympians had only two shots: a header byDoria stopped by Subasic and Thauvin sent a strike wide across the goal.

For the second half, Rudi Garcia decided to bring a technical touch by swapping Cabella and Lopez for Amavi and Doria. This paid its dividends. OM had the ball more, kept it longer and used it better than in the first half. But the chances were too rare to be able to get back into the game. After a collective movement, Sanson sent a beautiful effort, forcing Subasic to relax to protect his goal. A little bit high in the first half, the rhythm decreased during the second. The rare strikes came from the Monacon side. Sidibé was present in the penalty area to restore a shot from Glik by pushing it in the back of the net.
OM reduced the score on a three-step action. Lopez switched the game to the left for Thauvin who struck but missed his shot which turned into a decisive pass for Cabella. Zambo Anguissa came into play replacing Sanson. Sakai bumps into Jorge in the penalty box, offering Fabinho the chance to score his 14th goal in the L1. He did not hesitate in doing so.

6-1, the bill was certainly steep. Monaco put an end to OM's series of undefeated matches, which had started after a 1-5 defeat at home against PSG (26th February 2017, 27 th day of Ligue 1 2016-17) . The Olympians, however, only got one point in the last two days. They take up 6th place with 7 points and will have to make use of the international break to straighten up the results bar.