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Monaco hooked by PSV, qualification will be decided in the second leg

A goal from Axel Disasi in the last minutes of the match allowed Monaco to snatch a draw against PSV (1-1) on Tuesday at Louis-II in the third round of qualifying for the Champions League. Trailing for a long time after a goal from Joey Veerman, the Monegasques still have a good chance of qualifying after a generally controlled duel.

Monaco will have some regrets after this match of the third preliminary round of the Champions League. If the Ligue 1 club snatched a draw (1-1) in the last minutes this Tuesday against PSV, it could have avoided a suspenseful return duel in a week in the Netherlands, with more offensive efficiency. .

After a goal from Joey Veerman for the Dutch club, Axel Disasi however equalized ten minutes from the end of the game. Everything is therefore playable before the second round of this confrontation.

>>Relive the match between Monaco and PSV (1-1)

Veerman surprises a passive Monegasque defense

After a fairly balanced start to the match but poor in opportunity, on a heavy strike from Youssouf Fofana, Ibrahim Sangaré countered with his hand. But after watching the footage, Italian referee Davide Massa chose not to call a penalty. Certainly the ball clearly touched the hand of the Ivorian midfielder but the former Toulouse player did not seem to make a move to enlarge the surface of his body (0-0, 33rd).

A few minutes later, Ismael Saibari kept well on the right side before finding Ibrahim Sangaré. Passed very close to the correctional before, the Ivorian this time served Gus Til at the entrance to the surface. The playmaker launched Luuk de Jong who, with a subtle delivery, passed the ball to Joey Veerman. The Dutch midfielder fired a nice shot without control from the left to deceive Nubel and give PSV the advantage (0-1, 38th). In the process, Takumi Minamino then missed the ball 1-1 by failing to take back a cross from Aleksandr Golovin and ASM returned to the locker room with a goal behind.

Minamino and Monaco not rewarded

Despite a resolutely attacking starting lineup, notably with the Golovin-Minamino-Volland-Ben Yedder quartet, Monaco struggled to be dangerous before the break. The start of the second half did not result in a marked improvement for Philippe Clement’s players. Returning with better intentions, the Monegasques played higher up the field.

If the ball circulated well in the center of the field, the Rock club only too rarely approached the goals of Walter Benitez. Served in depth by Guillermo Maripan, Takumi Minamino managed a good control but saw his shot just miss the Dutch goals (0-1, 50th).

Diatta played again, Xavi Simons and Embolo too

Like its Japanese rookie, Monaco displayed good overall control but did not prove to be dangerous enough. ASM did not aim their shots on goal enough (thirteen shots but only two on target) as with this diving header from Wissam Ben Yedder missed (0-1, 58th).

Finally replaced shortly after the hour mark by Krépin Diatta, back in an official match after nine months of absence, Takumi Minamino will not have succeeded in bringing this little extra so much sought after by the Rock club when he invested nearly 15 million euros to buy him from Liverpool. Returning to the field after a serious knee injury last November, the Senegalese winger failed to endanger the defense of PSV.

If Xavi Simons returned for the last quarter of an hour on the Dutch side, the former PSG did not change the score.

Anxious to equalize before the return match, in a week in the Netherlands, Philippe Clement launched his last offensive arrows with Gelson Martins and the other big recruit of the summer: Breel Embolo.

Disasi saves Monaco before return

A few minutes from the end of the match, Monaco benefited from a last opportunity with an indirect free kick. Well struck by Ismael Jakobs, the set piece was deflected with a header by Youssouf Fofana finally giving rise to a moment of hesitation in the Dutch defense.

At six meters, Axel Disasi recovered the ball and fired a powerful low shot that hit the mark (1-1, 80th). Present in front of the press on the eve of the meeting, the central defender wanted to start the season in the Champions League. Suiting the action to the word, he put the Monegasque team in the right direction.

On fire, the central passed very close to the double but Walter Benitez stopped his shot. On the continuity of the action, the header of Youssouf Fofana failed on the post of the Franco-Argentinian goalkeeper. Despite a few big minutes to push, the Monegasques failed to score this small goal which would have done their business by giving them a crucial victory before the return match in Eindhoven.

Good news however, Monaco did not lose and the goal scored away by the Batavians will not be taken into account at the end of this double confrontation. In the event of another draw next Tuesday in the Netherlands, ASM will have to go through extra time. But by equalizing, Axel Disasi put his team face to face with its fate. The deal is simple, you will have to win against PSV to qualify for the play-offs and challenge the winner of the duel between Union Saint-Gilloise and Glasgow Rangers.


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