Monaco beat Marseille to book last 16 place
AS Monaco won through to the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue BKT with a 2-1 victory over Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Louis II, with Jean-Kévin Augustin and Ruben Aguilar getting their goals.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Coupe de la Ligue BKT, Round of 32
Stade Louis II, Monaco
AS Monaco 2 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Monaco bounced into the game having won four of their last five matches but it was visiting Marseille who threatened first, with youngster Marley Aké firing narrowly wide of Benjamin Lecomte's far post (13'). Monaco lost Cesc Fabregas to injury moments later, the former Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea man making way for Aleksandr Golovin (14'), but the hosts nonetheless settled into their stride, and took the lead midway through the half when Augustin got on the end of Aguilar's cross to thump home his first goal for the club following his summer loan transfer from RB Leipzig (24').
Augustin was keen to capitalise on his first-team chance, with top scorer Wissam Ben Yedder rested and his usual partner in crime Islam Slimani struggling with a groin injury, and he looked lively in the Monaco attack. Augustin was a Steve Mandanda save from making it 2-0 towards the end of the half; his shot was parried, and Aguilar was on hand to go from maker to taker, steering the ball home into an empty net (40').
Monaco hold on
André Villas-Boas sent midfielders Nemanja Radonjic and Valentin Rongier on for the second half in an attempt to turn the tide (46'), and the former came close to reducing the arrears when he cut inside and blasted a left-footed effort towards Lecomte's goal. The Monaco goalkeeper was rooted to the spot but relieved to see the Serbian's attempt hit the outside side-netting (66').
Saîf-Eddine Khaoui then came on for Kevin Strootman soon after (67'), with Marseille maxing out their substitutions some time before Monaco made their second and third, with Ben Yedder and Gil Dias getting a run-out for the final 15 minutes in place of Keita Baldé and Adrien Silva. Marseille took advantage of that 10-minute window of having fresher legs than their hosts, and pulled on back when Dimitri Payet forced Lecomte into an unfortunate own goal (77'). Radonjic spun another attempt just wide of the far post late on (86') and Monaco held on to book their passage into the last 16 with a 2-1 win.
THE PLAYER: Jean-Kévin Augustin
Augustin has some work to do at Monaco to make a regular starting berth his own. Ben Yedder has scored a Ligue 1 Conforama-high nine goals and Slimani has laid on a division-best seven assists, but he gave himself the best possible chance with Wednesday's performance. Augustin took his goal with aplomb, was close to bagging a brace, and was an all-round thorn in the side of Marseille's defence. A Paris Saint-Germain youth product with 24 goals for France underage teams, the future has always looked bright for Augustin. Now he just needs his chance to seize it.
THE STAT: 5
This was Monaco's first win over Marseille in five attempts. Les Rouges et Blancs thrashed OM 6-1 back in August 2017, but haven't picked up a win against Wednesday's visitors since. That changed - deservedly - here. Leonardo Jardim got his tactics just right against Portuguese compatriot Villas-Boas, ceding two thirds of the game's overall possession and hitting Les Phocéens with force on the counter.
FC Nantes 8 - 0 Paris FC
Elsewhere, Moses Simon put in a superlative performance as FC Nantes demolished Domino's Ligue 2 side Paris FC 8-0 at the Stade de la Beuajoire. The Levante UD-owned Nigeria winger scored three and assisted another - for Ludovic Blas - as Les Canaris sealed the biggest ever victory in the Coupe de la Ligue. Paris missed a penalty through Oussama Abdeldjelil, but with six of Nantes' goals already having been scored, it would have been academic.
Le Mans FC 3 - 2 OGC Nice
There was no such joy for OGC Nice at the MMArena, with second tier Le Mans FC shocking Patrick Vieira's men with a 3-2 win. Vieira put something approaching a full-strength team out, although 22-year-old goalkeeper Yannis Clementia - playing in place of usual No.1 Walter Benitez - was picking the ball out of his own net twice in the first 15 minutes with Vincent Créhin and Pierre Lemonnier on target. Aboubakary Kanté's goal meant that Wylan Cyprien's goal - from the penalty spot - and assist - for Pierre Lees-Melou were not enough, and Le Mans claimed the biggest scalp of the round.
Chamois Niortais 1 - 2 Toulouse FC
Toulouse had to dig deep to make sure there wasn't another giant-killing at Chamois Niortais. Ibrahim Sissoko's early penalty had the Stade René Gaillard faithful believing until Téfécé captain Max Gradel restored parity soon after the restart, and the Ligue 1 Conforama side had their blushes spared nine minutes from time when Yaya Sanogo secured the winner.
Stade de Reims 2 - 1 Bourg en Bresse 01
Stade de Reims cruised into a 2-0 first-half lead at home to Championnat National side Bourg en Bresse 01, with Swiss midfielder Derek Kutesa getting his first goal for the Champagne club before Moussa Doumbia made it two. The third tier side kept Reims honest when Théo Matam turned home with 15 minutes to go, but the hosts held on.
Montpellier Hérault SC 3 - 2 AS Nancy Lorraine
Montpellier Hérault SC's 3-2 win over AS Nancy Lorraine was more routine than the scoreline might suggest. Goals from Florent Mollet, Andy Delort and Joris Chotard drowned out Vágner's strike at the Stade de la Mosson until the 89th minute, when Hervé Lybohy pulled a goal back that ultimately proved to be too little, too late.
FC Metz 1 - 1 Stade Brestois 29 (Brest won 4-3 on pens.)
There was precious little to choose between promoted pair FC Metz and Stade Brestois 29 at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, with Ibrahima Niane and Irvin Cardona exchanging goals before the match went to penalties. Both scored their spot-kicks, but Metz missed two others, allowing Christian Battocchio to send Brest into the next round with the final kick.
Amiens SC 3 - 2 Angers SCO
Amiens SC's luck was in against Angers SCO at the Stade de la Licorne. Goals from Juan Otero and Quentin Cornette put them on the path to victory following Stéphane Bahoken's opener for Angers, but the visitors got back on level terms seven minutes from time through Wilfried Kanga. Penalties were imminent but Alexis Blin then snatched the 3-2 win in the 95th minute.