Carrillo stars in Monaco comeback
Guido Carrillo was the hero for AS Monaco as the principality side fought back to beat ESTAC Troyes 3-2 at the Stade Louis II on Saturday night.
AS Monaco 3 - 2 ESTAC Troyes
Monaco had won just once in six outings coming into this game, and were on the rebound from a painful 5-2 defeat away to FC Porto as they bowed out of the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Leonardo Jardim made a number of changes from that game, including welcoming back Thomas Lemar after over a month on the sidelines.
However, it was Troyes who went in front in the 25th minute as a direct result of a handling error from Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subašić. Saîf-Eddine Khaoui produced a great piece of skill on the right for Troyes as he nutmegged Fabinho, but the Croatian should have easily held his shot. Instead he spilled the ball and Suk Hyun-Jun pounced to stab home.
Monaco did almost draw level, with Keita Baldé's shot on the turn coming back off a post before Djibril Sidibé's rasping drive was turned over by Mamadou Samassa (28') as Troyes held their lead into the break.
Subašić horror show
The visitors then increased their lead early in the second half via another horror show from Subašić. This time he came out to the edge of his area to try to clear a Jorge back-pass, but the ball ricocheted off Suk and into the net (50').
Lemar had a free-kick tipped over as Monaco tried to find a way back into the game, and the France winger was involved as the reigning Ligue 1 Conforama champions did score. His attempted cutback from the byline on the left took a huge deflection off Mathieu Deplagne to beat Samassa and make it 2-1 (70').
The equaliser then arrived thanks to one of Jardim's substitutes. Carrillo met a João Moutinho cross from the right at the near post, his header beating Samassa as it found the far corner (85').
Carrillo was not finished there as he snatched the winner in the 88th minute. Moutinho's free-kick was headed back across goal by Kamil Glik and the Argentine striker nodded past Samassa to make it 3-2.
THE PLAYER: Guido Carrillo
It was a heroic contribution from Carrillo, as he came on at the halfway stage and saw his side fall two goals down before they fought back. Carrillo's two goals in the last five minutes saw the faltering defending champions snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The brace also saw him double his goals tally in the league this season as Monaco moved second before Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille play on Sunday. He has now scored four of Monaco's last six goals against Troyes.
THE STAT: 45
Monaco have now scored in their last 45 home Ligue 1 Conforama games, netting 119 goals in that time. A 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2015 was the last time they failed to find the net at home in a league game. It is the best run of scoring in consecutive home league games since OGC Nice (55 games between May 1975 and February 1978).