AS Monaco is finding their way again, securing a brilliant victory over Angers Tuesday night at home at Stade Louis II.
At the start of the match, there was only one point separating 13th place AS Monaco from 12th place Angers as the last time the two teams met they ended in a draw. Clearly, a game between two such evenly matched teams was going to be close, but AS Monaco, with the energy of the home team advantage, came out strong.
The first quarter of play saw a lot of back and forth, including two free kicks, one by each side in the first two minutes of play. About 11 minutes in the first attempt on goal was made by Anger’s Rachid Alioui, assisted by Sada Thioub, but was knocked back. Only a minute later, AS Monaco made their first attempt with a left footer by Stevan Jovetic, which was also batted away.
Just after the quarter hour mark, Youssouf Fofana, who is certainly proving his worth, right footed a shot from outside the box, but it was saved in the bottom left in the end.
Fast forward a minute and Fofana, who wasn’t going to let up, made a long pass to Stevan Jovetic, who offered up a surprise header that went between the posts, giving the Red and Whites the opening goal of the game.
It wasn’t until the 45 minute mark that there was another attempt on goal, this time by Angers’ Capelle, though Lecomte was on the case, making the save with ease.
In the second half, after a big foul on Fofana, Coach Moreno took Cesc Fabregas out, replacing him with Monaco’s new midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni for his debut with the club. Angers’ didn’t let up and had a couple more good shots on goal, notably by Capelle and Santamaria, whose shot passed a few centimetres from the right post.
In the 84th, the pressure was starting to show, and Pavlovic committed a massive foul on Ben Yedder, barely escaping being tossed off the field. The game ended quietly enough with a solid and decisive 1-0 win for Monaco, taking them from 13th to 9th in the blink of an eye.
Let’s see if the momentum continues when Monaco goes on the road to face Amiens at the Stade Licorne on Saturday.
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Following the meeting of MonacoTech's third Selection Jury, the start-up programme created by the Monaco State with Monaco Telecom and Xavier Niel, seven candidates have been selected to join the incubator programme.
These are: O'Sol, which makes solar energy accessible to mobile or emergency applications with generators that deploy their panels and follow the sun automatically (and can be installed and uninstalled in less than a minute); Black River which creates underwater vehicles that can operate independently, but also carry a pilot and a passenger. Their flagship product, the BR1000, is inspired by the anatomy of the tuna and the traditional propeller has been replaced by a fin, giving it greater speed.
Also selected are URBANLab, which offers solutions for pedestrian flow simulations that reposition human beings at the centre of concerns, particularly in terms of travel and security; Classic & Electric which converts vintage cars to electric propulsion, totally preserving their original characteristics thanks to a 100% reversible process; iDruide which offers an innovative solution developed for the world of education: a tablet with a detachable keyboard (operating system and software adapted), given to each student and teacher and usable both in the classroom and at home; SKYdeals, which allows travellers to benefit during the duration of their flight from private sales through their smartphone; Orbital Solutions, which develops low-Earth orbit (500km) nanosatellites (1 to 10 kg), to "democratize" the use of space and make possible a large dissemination of applications, such as environmental studies, earth observation, IoT, and so on.
The jury was composed of Cyril Guenoun, Cofounder of Aglaé Ventures; Robin Rivaton, President and founder of Real Estech; François-Xavier Leclerc, Head of the Financing and Economic Development Division; Patricia Niego, Founder of Beaunies Invest/Member of the Women Business Angels; Aurélie Lavaud, Cofounder of bimBamJob; André Saint-Mleux, Business Angel and State Administrator RMC and Monaco Telecom; Frank Julien, National Councillor; and Henriëtte van Niekerk, Director at Clarksons Platou.
Charles Leclerc’s third place finish at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi was a disappointment but, he says, not entirely unexpected as miscommunication, an unexpected breakdown and a dodgy strategy left the Ferrari pilot fighting for the top spot.
Sunday’s exciting race initially looked promising for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as he started at pole position, but once the race began he was quickly overtaken by teammate Sebastian Vettel, and that’s when things started going wonky.
With a slightly confusing strategy employed by Team Ferrari, whereby Leclerc would allow Vettel to take the lead early, Leclerc would edge out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and then Vettel would fall back to allow Leclerc to regain the lead, putting the Ferrari pilots in the two top spots. But a comedy of errors ensued that no one saw coming.
First, Vettel refused to give up the lead, despite being ordered to do so three times, stating that he wouldn’t be able to maintain the second place slot if he slowed down, and also saying that he took the lead fair and square, without the assistance of his teammate.
Ferrari then decided to pit Leclerc to give him the advantage of fresh tires, but not long after he rejoined the race, Vettal suffered engine trouble, forcing him to quit. A virtual safety car gave Hamilton a chance at a freebie pit stop, and Leclerc was then forced to fight for his position.
Hamilton never looked back and crossed the finish line with his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the second place spot.
After the race Leclerc said that it would have been difficult to catch Hamilton, even if he had made it past Bottas. He also said that there is no fallout between he and his teammate over what happened, despite the fact it probably cost him the win.
This result puts Hamilton closer to an astounding sixth Formula One world title.