Monaco paves the way for Champions League matches

Monaco beat Sparta Prague 2-0 in their competitive start to the new season. In the third round of Champions League qualifiers, Monaco’s efficiency made the difference – although there were also ugly scenes.

Aurelien Tchouameni put Monaco on top in Prague.
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At the start of the match, AS Monaco, coached by Niko Kovac, was still having some problems with the Sparta hosts Prague. The team around Bayern who started straight to loan Noble in goal is often pushed back. The goalkeeper himself seemed uneasy at first and was very lucky in the seven minute mark with his poor passes.

After that, the Monegasque team found a better place in the game. Golovin’s bid exceeded (eleventh). In the sometimes difficult first half, Nübel’s German native Volland and the rest of the offensive division were largely canceled out. Instead, Prague could have taken the lead: Banak (20) and Hluzik (23) recklessly gifted after wanting free kicks in the penalty area.

Chuamini’s record – Monaco thrown out of the stands due to racist abuse

Shortly before the break, Monaco came out of nowhere: Voland took a corner after a long break in the storm, after Golovin’s cross, Chuamini managed to header unobstructed from close range (37th place). But during the cheering that followed, some Sparta fans appeared to have racially insulted the goal scorer. All the Monaco players ran to coach Kovac, and the match was briefly interrupted due to discussions. Immediately after the second half, the guests advanced by nearly 2-0, and Fofana’s attempt was cleared from a distance before the line (41).

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Goals and cards

0: 1chomini (37′, Golovin’s head)

0: 2Voland (59′, left-footed shot, Diop)

Sparta Prague

NS. wish

AS Monaco


referee team

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver

The citizens of Prague were just as shocked as they faced their problems at the start of the second half. Comments overshadowed the match after the goal anyway, shortly before the start of the second half, the hosts announced that the match could be abandoned if another insult occurred. Then, in the rains of Prague, a turbulent game appeared. The approach of the first goal was in the second half, Pesek, who shot far from the Nobles area (55th place).

Monaco remains frozen and elevated

As in the first round, Monaco finally showed efficiency: Volland initially failed to guard Neta, but after following Joker Diop, the national player made it 2-0 (59) from close range without any problems. With the next blow in the back, Monaco dominated everything. Although the showdown generally lost the flow of the game, Kovac’s sponsors didn’t allow anything else. Laidglish called Noble with a poor pass to the finale from distance, but the goalkeeper easily stopped Pesek’s attempt (69th place).

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Joker Jacobs gives 3-0

In the final stage, former Colon Jacobs made his first mandatory match for Monaco and could have made it 3-0 shortly thereafter. From close range, he failed in the goal of Prague goalkeeper Neta (79). Since the substitute hits injured over the penalty area (90 + 2), it remains 2-0. Monaco has an excellent starting position for the return match next Tuesday (8 pm).


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