Ben Yedder strikes again as Monaco win in Toulouse
Wissam ben Yedder scored again and Gelson Martins hit a late winner to give AS Monaco a 2-1 win at Toulouse FC on Wednesday that lifts the principality side six points clear of the bottom three.
Toulouse FC 1-2 AS Monaco
With Monaco alternating wins and losses over their last four matches, Toulouse — on a run of five straight defeats — must have hoped they would catch the visitors on a bad day, especially with the effective Islam Slimani suspended.
But Ben Yedder did not need help from his strike partner to put the visitors in the driving seat and score Monaco's first goal in over 400 minutes without Slimani on the pitch. Mathieu Gonçalves helped the visitors by fouling Slimani's replacement, Jean-Kevin Augustin, in the box and Ben Yedder swept in his tenth league goal of the season to join Olympique Lyonnais' Moussa Dembélé at the top of the scoring charts (5').
Ibrahim Sangaré might have done better than volley over (26') as Toulouse sought a way back into the game, and five minutes before the break, they got one. Fodé Ballo-Touré mistimed his challenge on Quentin Boisgard just enough to catch the Toulouse man's foot, and Yaya Sanogo was just as clinical as Ben Yedder from the penalty spot (40').
Martins makes amends
Ballo-Touré hit the crossbar in the dying seconds of the half (45+2') after being too quick for Boisgard, who perhaps should have been more selfish when he found himself in a good position to shoot but instead chose to pass early in the second half (55').
Monaco pressed and Tiémoué Bakayoko narrowly failed to connect with a Cesc Fabregas ball (69') before Martins, who had replaced Guillermo Maripan on 66 minutes, somehow fired over the open goal from Fabregas' low cross (72').
The former Atletico Madrid man made amends though six minutes from time. Ben Yedder sent a low ball into the six-yard box, and though Baptiste Reynet got a slight touch, he could not prevent Martins scoring from close range to give Monaco a welcome three points (84').
THE PLAYER: Wissam Ben Yedder
On target again to take himself into double figures, the summer signing from Sevilla proved his importance to the principality outfit once again.
THE STAT: 2
Monaco have won just two of their last 13 away games in Ligue 1 Conforama.