Monaco control Angers to go top
AS Monaco moved top of the Ligue 1 table on Saturday thanks to a fortuitous come-from-behind win over Angers SCO.
AS Monaco 2-1 Angers SCO
The question was how Monaco would respond to their 4-0 drubbing by Côte d'Azur neighbours, OGC Nice, in midweek. 'Timidly' was the answer as Thomas Mangani (2') and Famara Diedhiou (7') both tested Danijel Subasic early.
That woke Monaco up as Bernardo Silva (10') and Guido Carrillo (14') then stretched Mathieu Michel at the opposite end. The Dijon goalkeeper then saw home captain Valère Germain volley wide (22') before pushing away an Adama Traoré drive (34').
Angers emerged after the interval in more determined mood, however. Karl Toko Ekambi had a goal ruled out (52') before he played a part in Angers finding the net, sending over the cross Cheikh N'Doye touched on for Diedhiou to score (55').
Monaco were soon back on level terms - Kamil Glik firing home after the Angers defence had failed to clear a corner (66') to claim his second Ligue 1 goal.
Monaco, who face Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League next week, were given the ideal fillip ahead of their return to European football when Dickson Nwakaeme put through his own-goal after a Glik shot had been pushed onto him by Michel (75').
The victory takes Monaco two points clear of Nice, who play at AS Nancy-Lorraine on Sunday.
THE PLAYER: Kamil Glik
Had it not been for the Poland international, Monaco might have been heading back into the UEFA Champions League with morale low after back-to-back league defeats.
THE STAT: 16
Monaco have now scored in 16 of their last 17 Ligue 1 matches - the Week 6 defeat to Nice (4-0) being the only time they have drawn a blank in front of goal during that run.