AS Monaco in the Europa League play-offs after their victory against Belgrade

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AS Monaco in the Europa League play-offs after their victory against Belgrade

The game: 4-1

The score of the match does not suggest it (4-1), but AS Monaco got scared on Thursday against Red Star Belgrade. Second before the match, Philippe Clément’s men remained within reach of their opponents and Trabzonspor. Victory was therefore imperative to qualify for the final play-offs.

The Monegasques started the meeting foot to the floor. After a cross dropped by Caio Henrique, Kevin Volland quickly opened the scoring with a header after 5 minutes of play (see below). The first act saw the Monaco players frankly dominate their Serbian counterparts. Well helped by the spaces left by Belgrade, the sixth in Ligue 1 already totaled 12 shots at the break. Wissam Ben Yedder could even have added to his statistics, but his goal was disallowed for offside (16th).

Monaco made the break before the half-hour mark, after a strike at the entrance to the surface from Volland (27th). On returning from the locker room, the Monegasques gave themselves a three-goal lead following a nice dive from Alexandre Golovine, Milan Rodic being forced to push the ball into his net (50th).

The match seemed folded. But the fault of Benoît Badiashile on Ivanic tarnished the promenade of Monaco. On penalty, Kanga was responsible for reducing the gap to 3-1 (54th). The serenity of the locals even took a hit when Pesic thought he had scored the second goal for the Serbs (68th). A short-lived joy since the action was reported offside.

At the end of the match, Volland punctuated his evening by taking a cross in cold blood from the penalty spot and scored a hat-trick (87th). Monaco will find in the play-offs a club donated from the Champions League.

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Youssouf Fofana recovered 11 balls against Red Star Belgrade. A strong message sent to Didier Deschamps 6 days from the coach’s list for the World Cup.

Player: Kevin Volland

Mute so far in the competition, Kevin Volland quickly allowed the Monegasques to get the better of the Red Star. Helped by Caio Henrique’s cross and Borja’s risky exit, the striker converted the first chance of the match with a header and quickly gained confidence for the rest of the game.

The German often tried his luck during the game (5 shots at halftime, 6 in total). After a first intention strike at the entrance to the surface, the German scored twice (27th) and consolidated Monegasque domination. At the end of the match, he coolly took a center from the left at the penalty spot and scored a hat-trick (87th).

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