With just 15 minutes to go and down to 10 men, AS Monaco showed incredible fighting spirit and character as they held Rennes to a 1-1 draw.
In the early stages of the match, both teams wanted to show their strength on the attacking side and each enjoyed early chances, the best of which came when Vanderson hit the post in the 13th minute.
However, the match was turned upside down 15 minutes later when Yusuf Fofana was sent off for a foul on Martin Terrier. This resulted in the replacement of captain Wissam Ben Yedder by Songtu Magassa, who struck a balance while essentially forcing Monaco to play shorthanded for 75 minutes. Given that Rennes is one of the division’s elite squads and Monaco just endured his 120-minute matchup in Champions League qualifiers against PSV a few days ago, this is no easy task.
However, to their credit, Monaco showed tremendous resilience to continue and kept the match at Rennes. In the 33rd minute, their defiance finally paid off as Steve Mandanda ran into Brell Embolo and scored a penalty. Many believed Mandanda should have been red carded as well, but he was only given a yellow card.
Unfortunately Axel Disasi stepped up and saved the spot kick. Importantly, though, Les Monegasque never bowed as they remained focused on the task at hand, displayed defensive consistency and continued to be a threat going forward.
Going into the break at 0-0, it went well in the contest and the second half started with Monaco enjoying some promising spells of possession. Just when they looked comfortable, Rennes took the lead when Gaëtan Laborde scored from close range after Benjamin Brigeux blocked the first try.
Not deterred by this additional setback, the home side equalized in the 73rd minute. Embolo then performed exceptional pressing to regain the ball and finish with one action.
With fatigue really set in, Monaco managed the rest of the game admirably, overcoming a lot of adversity and showing their collective strength in the end to score well-deserved points.
“There are certainly many good things to remember. But I am ambitious and want to win every match. After this twist of fate, the players were able to demonstrate an impeccable state of mind and great solidarity, ”explained coach Philippe Clément.
“We created some chances, reacted mentally and in the end managed to score against the high pressure. After playing 120 minutes at Eindhoven this week, our physical level was also very good. So they know why they practiced so hard during the preparation period.
“The unity is already there and we showed it not only in the difficult situation in Eindhoven but also in training. There is also a good atmosphere in the locker room. It also explains why we are integrated: it is only possible with unity to score points against Rennes, who have many attacking qualities on the pitch and on the bench.”
Monaco played with 10 men for most of the match, but the fact that Monaco had the edge in terms of expected goals (2.39 vs 2.28) and big chances (3 vs 2) meant that Rouge and Blanc could just sit back and relax. We are not satisfied with just defending.
After a spectacular turnaround in their first Ligue 1 match of the season at Stade Louis II, Monaco’s next game will be a tough start to a new crusade at home against Frank Hayes’ lens. Another challenging match.
https://www.monaco-tribune.com/en/2022/08/shorthanded-as-monaco-grab-a-deserved-draw-vs-rennes/ Short-handed AS Monaco deserve a draw with Rennes