Mothiba and Strasbourg ruin Henry's Monaco debut
Lebo Mothiba got on the scoresheet as RC Strasbourg-Alsace ruined Thierry Henry's debut as AS Monaco boss with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
RC Strasbourg Alsace 2-1 AS Monaco
Had the two Thierrys on the sidelines gone head-to-head in their playing careers, Henry would have won out easily. But as a novice in the dug-out, he had to bow to counterpart Laurey, whose Strasbourg side continue to impress and surprise.
With just one defeat in their previous four league outings, the hosts promised to be anything but helpful to the novice Monaco boss, and though Matz Sels had to keep out a Stevan Jovetic free-kick (16'), Strasbourg were soon in the driving seat.
Immediately following Sels' save, the hosts pressed forward and Monaco — with confidence fragile after eight games without a win — folded as Adrien Thomasson headed past Seydou Sy (17') to open the scoring.
Monaco skipper Radamel Falcao's close-range goal was ruled out (31'), and Moussa Sylla, who had replaced his injured captain just moments earlier, brought a save from Sels (38') as Monaco showed signs of resistance.
Mothiba on target again
That should have brought a leveller but Aleksandr Golovin failed to connect at close range following a fine ball from the excellent Jovetic (45').
Only a Kenny Lala goalline clearance from a Kamil Glik shot preserved Strasbourg's advantage (58'), but the visitors hopes were dealt a major blow when Samuel Grandsir was dismissed for a high challenge on Anthony Gonçalves just three minutes after coming off the bench (66').
Strasbourg held their advantage until Mothiba — introduced with ten minutes remaining to replace Benjamin Corgnet — raced clear to chip over Sy to keep his hot run of form going (84') before Youri Tielemans scored the first goal of Henry's reign from the spot in added time by way of scant consolation (90+1').
THE PLAYER: Lebo Mothiba
Though given only ten minutes, the South Africa international again made an impact, scoring his sixth goal in his last five league appearances.
THE STAT: 6
With six points after ten league games, the current Monaco squad have amassed the second-lowest tally at this stage of a top-flight season in the club's history.