Monaco edge closer to safety with Bordeaux shutout
A stellar defensive performance - plus a solitary strike from Adriano (22’) - handed Monaco a precious 1-0 away win over Bordeaux on Sunday, a result that sees them climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in 2011.
Monaco have had little to crow about since new coach Laurent Banide took over earlier this year, but faced with a Bordeaux side flying high on the back of two successive wins the men from the principality showed that they are prepared to do what it takes to beat the drop this season.
While Banide was intent on bringing a brand of exciting attacking football to Monaco when he signed on, he has since realised that an emphasis on defence is more likely to pay dividends for a club in danger, and defend is exactly what his side did - and very well - against a Girondins outfit who had scored six goals in their last two matches.
Not surprisingly, Jean Tigana’s side dominated possession throughout the match but such was the determination of the visiting defence, as well as the extreme caution of their attack, that Bordeaux were limited to five clear-cut chances.
First Benoît Trémoulinas (35’) and then Jaroslav Plasil (55’) hit the post, then Anthony Modeste blazed over after a well-worked free kick (66’) and André saw his header go narrowly wide at the death (85’).
One chance, one goal
In this respect, Monaco’s performance was not dissimilar from their 0-0 draw in Valenciennes last week, but what made the difference on Sunday night was that they took their chances - or rather, chance - scoring the only goal of the game through Adriano (22’) before returning to their task of muzzling Bordeaux’s front line.
Set pieces have long been one of Bordeaux’s strong points, but Monaco gave them a taste of their own medicine when the unmarked Brazilian left-back capped a well-worked corner routine by rising highest and thundering his header past Cédric Carrasso.
Out of the red
The precious away win - just their second of the season - sees Monaco leapfrog Auxerre out of the drop zone and into 17th place, where they sit locked on points with the Burgundy club but ahead on goal difference. For Bordeaux, the loss is a hammer blow to their hopes of a European place as they slip a spot to eighth, seven points behind fifth-placed PSG ahead of the capital club’s rendez-vous with Montpellier later on Sunday night.