Monaco wins in Nice and regains its colors

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Monaco wins in Nice and regains its colors

The season started barely a month ago but Monaco has already gone through a lot of emotions. Cruelly eliminated in qualifying for the Champions League, the Monegasques also delivered a great performance on the lawn of PSG (1-1) before completely sinking against Troyes last Wednesday (2-4). Traveling to Nice for the derby, they managed to find their colors this Sunday by offering their first success since the first day of Ligue 1 (1-0). Four days after starting in Lille, the Niçois have not been able to follow up and remain stuck at the bottom of the table.

Lucien Favre had renewed the defense to five which had allowed the Aiglons to win at the Dogues. And if his players were still solid, they did not experience the same insolent efficiency. Well launched by Gaëtan Laborde, Youcef Atal had nevertheless lit the first fuse and pushed Alexander Nübel to a first stop (12th). The German goalkeeper was also vigilant on a shot from Nicolas Pépé (29th). But that’s all Nice offered in a closed double-round derby. In the hard, the Niçois have never been able to come out of their camp cleanly and keep the ball. Like a Pablo Rosario whose entry at the break brought absolutely nothing.

The turn of events suggested that the first team to score would be difficult to reach. The Monegasques were not mistaken and their rise in power over the minutes gradually made their rival flinch. Alexandre Golovine found the post before being flagged offside (52nd), Krépin Diatta missed the target (57th) then Youssouf Fofana was denied a goal for a few centimeters (64th). The light finally came from a header from Breel Embolo, served at the far post by Caio Henrique (69th). And apart from a shy shot from Sofiane Diop in added time (90+3), Nice was never close to making up for lost time and logically bowed out.

The player: Embolo, patient and efficient

Lined up alone at the forefront of the Monegasque attack, the Swiss fought a tough battle this Sunday evening. In the pincers of the Dante-Todibo-Viti trio, he never stopped going to the duel and thwarting the first opposing reminders. And even if he had nothing to eat, he was able to hurt a lot on his only opportunity with a header that left no chance for Kasper Schmeichel.

The fact: the Delort-Laborde duo did not exist

Aligned from the start to reform their so effective duo in Montpellier, Andy Delort and Gaëtan Laborde had a very frustrating evening. With such a deficient midfield, the two attackers were never supplied apart from long balls which were difficult to negotiate against the athletic power of the Monaco rearguard. Symbol of this impotence, Delort did not try his luck once this Sunday.

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