AS Monaco impressed at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday night, shaking off a Coupe de France elimination to get a vital derby win in Nice.
Revenge was the byline for AS Monaco on Sunday night as they traveled to face OGC Nice in the Côte d’Azur derby. Eliminated in the Coupe de France against third-tier Rouen in the week, and having loss the reverse fixture in a match in which they missed two penalties and conceded a stoppage-time winner, the Principality side was eager to get back to winning ways, with a place on the podium at stake.
Indeed, with Lille having lost and Brest only able to draw against Clermont, this match represented a massive opportunity for the visitors, especially with European football re-entering the picture for the chasing pack. On the back of a tactical switch, with Adi Hütter opting for a 4-3-2-1, the visitors took that narrative to heart early doors, with Denis Zakaria opening the scoring on 16 minutes.
Amazing shot, Zakaria clutch 🇨🇭☄ pic.twitter.com/DHKOvaqNVo— Ligue 1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) February 11, 2024
The hosts would strike back before the break, though, with Gaëtan Laborde equalizing from the penalty spot. On the other side of halftime, Le Rouge et Blanc turned out with no less of a level of enthusiasm and regained the lead, with Zakaria again finding the net. Fortune further seemed to smile on the Principality side just minutes later when Dante was sent off, allowing Les Monégasques to go a goal and a man to the good with more than 30 minutes to play.
But befitting a derby encounter between two sides with Champions League ambitions, Les Aiglons responded in kind, with Evann Guessand levelling the match a second time with twenty minutes to play. Both sides continued to push for a winner, but it was Aleksandr Golovin who popped up with what would be the winner ten minutes from time, capitalising on a mistake from Marcin Bulka to seal a 3-2 win.
The result moves AS Monaco past Brest and Lille, and to within a point of their opponents, who end the matchday in second place. Looking forward, Nice return to action on Friday with a tricky trip to in-form Lyon, while Monaco with host Toulouse off the back of Les Violets’ return to European action.