End of the series: Monaco was stopped in its recovery by living a new shipwreck Saturday in Montpellier (3-1) during the 9th day of Ligue 1, for the first time in almost thirty years.
Monaco (14th), beast of the Herault, had not lost to the Mosson since 23 December 1990 (2-1). Saturday, beyond the start of the match, the ASM was totally defensive to concede three goals in 25 minutes by the playmaker Florent Mollet (31), the Portuguese defender Pedro Mendes (39) and the forward Andy Delort (56th).
Wissam Ben Yedder's goal late in the game (68th) can not mitigate the Monegasque bankruptcy, marked by the expulsion of Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin (81st).
The Principality's club is therefore stopping its recovery, started with seven points in three days.
This defeat, three weeks after the draw in Reims (0-0), is a sign that the team of Leonardo Jardim is still convalescent. Despite a large and late recruitment, it has not yet emerged from the crisis that has tainted for over a year.
On Saturday, former Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, returning for the first time to Mosson alongside Ruben Aguilar, has conceded three goals behind a reinforced defense and yet very friable.
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Conversely, Montpellier achieved a historic coup, extinguished the tension born of his last defeat in Strasbourg (1-0) and relaunch to temporarily occupy the 6th place ..
With this fourth consecutive victory at Mosson, after those in front of Lyon, Nice and Nîmes, the team of Michel Der Zakarian confirms his sovereignty in front of his public. While waiting to reconnect with success outside, she reassured and put on the return of his midfielder Téji Savanier, remained in the stands.
The ASM was deluded during the first half hour before fading before the rebellion of Montpellier and leaving abandoned Benjamin Lecomte.
Jardim's team was totally disappointed after having spoiled three chances early in the game. Islam Slimani misfitted a header (8th), before that of Polish defender Kamil Glik (15th) was rejected by Geronimo Rulli. Finally, Golovin, shifted by Cesc Fabregas, crossed his shot too much (26th). Three opportunities and then almost nothing.
Montpellier, almost miraculously, took advantage of the Monegasque relaxation, and his lack of investment in defense, to score twice in the last fifteen minutes of the first period. Mollet deceived Lecomte with a uncrossed head after a cross from Gaëtan Laborde (31st).
Eight minutes later, following a Mollet corner, defender Pedro Mendes recovered a loose ball by Lecomte following a header from Andy Delort. In the meantime, the new Monaco goalkeeper had won his duel with Delort (34th) then diverted half a volley Laborde (36th).
Same scenario to recovery. After two abortive actions by his Chilean defender Guillermo Maripan, Monaco conceded a fatal third goal. On a center of Mollet, well served by Laborde, Delort completed the action.
Little black spot for Montpellier: his Algerian international has injured the adductors.
The Slimani-Ben Yedder duo, very shy, awoke in the 69th minute, on a magnificent lob of the French international.
In the last twenty minutes, Leonardo Jardim replaced Cesc Fabregas and Maripan by Keita Baldé and Ruben Aguilar to reorganize his team in 4-2-4. It was too late and insufficient to save Monaco from this shipwreck.
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