Posted Feb 14 2020 at 11:12 p.m.Updated Feb 14. 2020 at 11:20 p.m.
Monaco grabbed 5th place in Ligue 1 thanks to a new goal from Islam Slimani, who offered victory over his rival Montpellier (1-0), Friday evening at the start of the 25th day.
Back in grace after wishing to leave the club in the winter transfer window, Islam Slimani has therefore, after giving victory to Amiens (2-1) last weekend, been once again the hero of the Red and White.
With nine goals scored and eight assists in 16 L1 matches, he again becomes a central man for the end of the Rocher team's season.
With 38 points, Monaco now points to three units from Rennes, 3rd in the ranking, which moves to Reims on Sunday and two points from Lille, 4th, which receives Marseille dauphin, also on Sunday.
Everything is now possible for Robert Moreno's men, who have just won three consecutive league victories, and who have podium in their sights. They who lived below 10th place three days ago …
However, as against Angers (1-0) and Amiens (2-1), everything was not easy. After the goal of Slimani with a beautiful smatched head on their first corner of the meeting (1-0, 52nd), the Monegasques defended. Rather well elsewhere, except on a big mess in the area where Kamil Glik had trouble bringing order (66th).
– Despite the defeat, Montpellier made its match –
Monaco also tried to counter. As on this last opportunity where Wissam Ben Yedder, the most technical player on the field, served Keita Baldé, just entered the game but not precise (90th).
Or even on this overflow of Ruben Aguilar that Ben Yedder gave for Tiemoué Bakayoko. The middle missile crashed on the transverse (70th) of Dimitry Bertaud, substitute goalkeeper of Geronimo Rulli.
Because even by moving without its titular goalkeeper, nor its center forward Andy Delort, Montpellier made its match in the Principality.
Moreover, according to figures from the LFP, in the first period, Monaco had less possession (48%), won fewer duels and made fewer assists than its opponent.
The Pailladins and Florent Mollet even distinguished themselves first. Benjamin Lecomte watched (6th). Then Glik tackled with authority Jordan Ferri (25th)
Then Monaco's attacking talent almost made the difference. But Slimani (27th, 33rd and 34th) then Aleksandr Golovin (27th), and Stevan Jovetic (38th and 45th + 2) were clumsy.
After the break, a head from Slimani, "my best weapon", he said, was enough to offer Monaco reasons to hope for a European future …