Logically, Golovin’s teammates reacted quickly to try to reduce the mark. More aggressive, sharper, they took advantage of the spaces left by Shakhtar’s defense. Ben Yedder (24 ‘) then Volland (25’) tried their luck without finding the frame. Just before half-time, Aurélien Tchouaméni tried his hand at 18 meters but found Trubin’s gloves. Insufficient to come back before the break.
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Upon returning from the locker room, Niko Kovac’s instructions seemed to have fired in people’s minds and the Monegasques came back with fangs. From the 48th minute, Golovin created the first situation with a nice curled shot, but Trubin was still vigilant. On a big night, the Ukrainian goalkeeper made another decisive save on an off-center shot from Wissam Ben Yedder (56 ‘). To give even more momentum to this good dynamic, the Croatian technician made several changes with the entries of Jean Lucas (46 ‘), Diop (60’), Boadu and Diatta (67 ‘).
But the Ukrainians showed great serenity and continued to develop their game while setting a new pace without even being dangerous. At the end of the game, after a good exchange, Myron Boadu sounded the revolt but unfortunately found the post (81 ‘). Dull, the Red and Whites tried everything to get back to the score without finding the flaw. It is a difficult defeat to accept but there is still a return match and everything remains playable without the away goal rule. What is certain is that the Principality’s club will have to win in Ukraine to access the Champions League.
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