Ligue 1. Montpellier – Monaco: ASM stumbles in Hérault . Sport

Monaco, now led by Belgian coach Philippe Clément, stumbled on Sunday in Montpellier, regaining form and winning 3-2 in extremis, during the 22nd day of Ligue 1.

A goal in added time from striker Stephy Mavididi, who scored twice, allowed Olivier Dall’Oglio’s team to achieve a deserved success (3-2) after a spectacular match.

Monaco, which had chained four successes in six matches, concedes its seventh defeat of the season, which considerably slows down its recovery in the race for Europe. The partners of Wissam Ben Yedder indeed yield sixth place to Montpellier and fall back to seventh place, seven points from the podium.

Organized in a 4-3-3 scheme, the team of Philippe Clément, who succeeded Niko Kovac in the truce, did not find the key and suffered enormously in Montpellier.

The Dall’Oglio team, back on the bench after contracting Covid-19, for its part stopped its series of two consecutive defeats (in Strasbourg and in front of Troyes) and clings in the race to the ‘Europe.

Yet deprived of its captain and playmaker Téji Savanier, suspended for three games, the Héraultais dominated a candidate for Europe and were fully reassured.

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Monaco’s defense cracked in the first period in the face of Montpellier’s enthusiasm. In the thirteenth minute, she faltered on a cross shot from young center forward Elye Wahi (1-0). And twenty minutes later, Ruben Aguilar and Axel Disasi were trapped by Mavididi who adjusted a shot close to Nübel’s post.

Philippe Clément’s team, completely overwhelmed for a time, remained in the game thanks to an immediate reaction and an opportunistic goal from Ben Yedder, heading in a serve from Aurélien Tchouaméni (34th).

After the break, Monaco took control of the game but struggled to create chances and exposed themselves to Hérault counterattacks. Nübel thus saved a break point (58th) on a close range recovery from Wahi, before Nicholas Gioacchini, who entered during the game, spoiled another opportunity.

Eight minutes from the end, the Brazilian Vanderson, who arrived in the winter transfer window, equalized with a half-volley shot, taking advantage of a ball badly repelled by the Hérault defense.

But in overtime, Mavididi, served by Nicolas Cozza, gave Montpellier a deserved victory.