AS Monaco snatched away with a draw against Guingamp on the Roudourou field Saturday (31st day of L1), thanks to Stevan Jovetic, author of the saving goal at the end of the game.
One point earned in extremis for AS Monaco who traveled to Brittany this weekend (without Radamel Falcao, the Monegasques having suffered a couple of knocks before meeting En Avant Guingamp). Super sub Stevan Jovetic is to thank!
The Bretons would take control of the match in the first half hour of play with an opening score by Eboa Eboa (23′) who placed a nifty header off of service from Rebocho.
Jardim’s men would react shortly thereafter, but Golovin and Vinicius would not be able to beat Caillard, goalkeeper of the En Avant. Then, Kamil Glik would have a try following a Fabregas corner, without reaching hitting frame (36′). At the end of the first period, the Monegasques were behind the home team. Score at half-time: 1-0 for Guingamp.
AS Monaco would be even more offensive after the break with a first threat coming off of a shot by Adrien Silva (48′), which glanced against the crossbar. But the Principality’s players would continue to push ahead in an increasingly tense match (10 fouls), which would take a turn in the very last minutes when Jovetic – subbed in for Lopes – would register the tie-saving goal just before the final whistle. Final score: 1-1.
The Monegasques avoid a second consecutive loss (after Caen), thus thwarting the efforts of the En Avant Guingamp, also in the running to stay in the top French division next season. ASM is now in 16th place, remaining out of the relegation zone ahead of Amiens.
*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.