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Ligue 1 (D9): Monaco currycomb Bordeaux

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 2, 2020

Monaco raises its head

Rolled in Lyon last Sunday in prime time, Monaco found the path to victory in L1. The 2004 European vice-champion easily won against the Girondins de Bordeaux with a score of 4-0 on the 9th day of the French championship. The Monegasque offensive trident was at the party with the achievements of Ben Yedder (28th), Martins (30th) and Volland (31st, 59th).

In a crisis of confidence and points with in particular three games without a win in Ligue 1, Monaco was particularly expected at the turn at home after the slap collected in Lyon. Under fire from critics, Niko Kovac reacted with three changes in the starting XI compared to the formation lined up last Sunday. Three changes that were important in Monaco’s big victory.

Monaco beating drum

After a hesitant start to the match, Monaco passed the overdrive at the end of the first period, taking the lead at the same time as it killed all suspense in this meeting of the 9th day of Ligue 1. It is first Ben Yedder who stood out from the penalty spot (28th) following a hand fault from Pablo. Barely enough time to see the minutes go by that Ben Yedder was the quickest to exploit a recovery error from Adli to launch into the area Aguilar who only had to cross for Martins, second scorer ( 30th).

Caught failing twice in quick succession, Costil was not at the end of his troubles when he saw Volland score the third goal with a voluntary header (31st). Reassured by this first successful period on the offensive plan, Niko Kovac’s men were able to return to the locker room with the feeling of duty accomplished.

Bordeaux lacking inspiration

Unhappy with the period of his training, Jean-Louis Gasset quickly reacted with three changes during the break. Changes supposed to impulse a new rhythm in this meeting. It has not happened. Worse, the 2009 French champion conceded a fourth goal following a well-conducted Monegasque counter-attack concluded by Volland (59th). Heavily beaten, Bordeaux abandoned the first part of the standings to temporarily settle in 12th place. For its part, Monaco is, for the moment, in seventh position, four points from third qualifying place for the Champions League, an objective set at the start of the season.