Though overwhelmed by Rock players, the Alsatians can have regrets at the end of this meeting on Saturday, opening day in Ligue 1.
AS Monaco were looking forward to a future in Europe, ideally starting the season in Ligue 1. With a win over RC Strasbourg (2-1) at the Mainau stadium, Philippe Clément’s men signed a small feat on the first day of the championship. Saturday, August 6: Last season, he only beat three teams on grass (Lille, Angers and OM). Monaco was also losing there at the start of the final sprint. This time, the principality players ruled their own laws.
The early preparation for the Champions League play-offs definitely helped. The people of Strasbourg, too, for his first half hour. The rest was more complicated for the Alsatian, who spent much of his time running behind the ball. Even more so after the Monaco score is opened at the end of the first act.
crazy extra time
At the end of a corner that Axel Disasi had deflected off his head, Klepin Diatta fired a clear volley from outside the area and the excellent Mats Sells could only see the pass (1-0, 43rd). Racing’s Belgian doorman had pushed back the deadline until he signed Jakobs, especially in another recovery before storing furniture for a long time after returning from the locker room. Without him, racing would have definitely sunk.
— Optagene (@OptaJean) August 6, 2022
But good goalkeepers can’t do it all. When Sellus fended off a pivot strike from Gerson Martins, who was already close to scoring in the first period, his defense disobeyed him and the opportunistic Sofian Diop made the break (2- 0, 53rd place). A physical and ball master, Monagasc continued to push, throwing Strasbourg players across the field.
Habib Diallo certainly gave hope to RC Strasbourg with a great header (2-1, 65th). We had to wait extra time to see them attack the Prince’s Cage. I couldn’t. Alexander Nübel then made two brilliant saves of his own to secure a well-deserved win for ASM.