Reims is invincible, Monaco is taken down in the race for the C1. The Champenois of Will Still went to win a short but beautiful and important victory in the Principality, Sunday, during the 27th day of Ligue 1 (0-1). In a disputed and very open match, the Monegasques were sorely unrealistic, not Folarin Balogun and the visitors (51st). ASM is no longer advancing and is ejected from the podium by Lens. Now 8th, Reims can believe in Europe.
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Undefeated since the first leg (0-3, 8th day) or 18 league games but above all in great shape, the Champenois immediately shook up passive Monegasques in defense. Dion Lopy (4th and 5th) and Alexis Flips (16th) heated the gloves of Alexander Nübel, then Balogun uncrossed his head a little too much on a cross from Thomas Foket (19th). Monaco suffered in the game but was able to count on the talent of its attackers to fight back.
Unhappy Ben Yedder
Maghnes Akliouche launched Wissam Ben Yedder who spun between the opposing centrals then nicely dribbled past goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf but was ultimately unable to shoot (29th). The former Sevillian quickly put it back on by tumbling to the left of the zone of truth but his cross dive from the left went to die on the post when he usually masters this gesture perfectly (30th).
Despite these Monegasque opportunities, Reims remained more consistent and still projected easily towards the surface of Nübel who won against Balogun (40th). At the break, the visitors had 57% possession and 10 shots for 5 on target against only 1 out of 3 for ASM. On the restart, Philippe Clement launched Vanderson in place of the clumsy Krépin Diatta.
The Brazilian newcomer showed off in a thunderous way with a too high recovery in a good position (49th), a low cross shot on the opposite post (50th) and a cross for an uncrossed header slightly off target from the from Ben Yedder (50th). Monaco paid for their lack of efficiency in the process with an opening from Flips for Balogun who went to beat Nübel with a powerful shot that the goalkeeper could only slow down (0-1, 51st).
The 21-year-old Englishman on loan from Arsenal now has 16 goals in L1. Monaco and its entrants including Breel Embolo then pushed in a disorganized way and stumbled to the end on the impeccable Diouf and his solid defense (66th, 84th, 85th). The Rémois could also have made the break against by Balogun (86th) or Jens Cadjus (90th +2). This did not prevent them from chaining a 3rd success and a 6th league match without conceding a goal. Enough to welcome Marseille soon with real ambition and to look up.
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