Park strikes but Monaco stay in drop zone
Benjamin Moukandjo and Chu Young Park scored Monaco's goals in a 2-0 win at bottom club Arles-Avignon, who had Grégory Lorenzi sent off in the first minute. Monaco remain in the bottom three.
After 16 Ligue 1 games without a win this was always going to be an uphill task for Arles-Avignon, even more so after Lorenzi was given his marching orders for hauling down Park on the edge of the area, denying the forward a clear goalscoring opportunity.
It nevertheless took Monaco time to make the breakthrough with Moukandjo pouncing on the rebound after Vincent Planté had used his fists to repel a stinging effort from Mathieu Coutadeur. The 29th-minute strike was Moukandjo’s first goal for the club he joined in the mercato from Ligue 2 outfit Nimes.
Park had an opportunity to double the lead on the stroke of half-time but ex-Real Madrid man Francisco Pavon bravely flung his body in the way of it, showing the sort of commitment that had seen his side draw their last three home fixtures.
Midway through the second half Park enjoyed more luck, turning in an Adriano cross from the right to move into double figures for the Ligue 1 season and revive Monaco’s bid for survival.
Planté made a fine double save late on to deny Monaco substitute Grégory Lacombe but Monaco got what they came for and moved to within a point of fourth-bottom Auxerre. Laurent Banide’s ASM face a tough game on Saturday April 9 as they host leaders Lille.