Football: Monaco extend unbeaten run with draw against Nantes

Takumi Minamino and Myron Boadu celebrate Monaco's equaliser against Nantes.

AS Monaco remain unbeaten this season after an entertaining 3-3 draw against FC Nantes on Friday. 

Adi Hütter’s side have established themselves as the most exciting side in Ligue 1. In just three games, Les Monégasques have scored 10 goals, three of which came in a hard-fought draw at La Beaujoire on Friday.

Pierre Aristouy’s side went into the fixture looking for their first point of the season, and they got off to the perfect start. Mostafa Mohamed converted from the spot after Denis Zakaria fouled inside the box.

An incredible 24 hours for Jean-Charles Castelletto

Things would get worse for Monaco before they’d get better. Jean-Charles Castelletto leapt highest at a corner and doubled Nantes’ lead. That goal rounded off an incredible 24 hours for the Cameroonian international, who had initially refused to compete in the match in order to force his move away from Les Canaris. 

However, despite the scoreline, Hütter’s side were dominant, and just lacked the finishing touch. Takumi Minamino got his third goal in two games to halve the deficit before the break, however, Nantes restored their two-goal margin early in the second half.

Monaco 27 shots to Nantes’ 3

Mohamed got a second to leave Monaco with a mountain to climb, but climb it they did. Wissam Ben Yedder scored after a goalmouth scramble, and Nantes then crumbled under pressure in the closing stages.

As Aristouy’s side dropped deeper, the opportunities came thick and fast, and it was only a matter of time before Monaco capitalised. It was Myron Boadu who levelled the scores, tucking home after Youssouf Fofana’s header hit the bar.

“We showed character.”

Monaco pushed for a winner, but it ended all square. It was a question of efficiency in front of goal with Nantes scoring all three of their shots on goal, Monaco, however, had an incredible 27 shots, but could only convert a fraction.

However, given the game state, this will be considered one point one, not two lost for Hütter. “According to the stats, I think we deserved to win because we had 27 shots and 10 on target. I am at the same time disappointed, but happy with my team’s reaction because we showed character to come back,” said the Austrian coach.

Monaco next face RC Lens at the Stade Louis II on Saturday 2nd September. Last season’s second-placed side will prove a big test and will show us how good this entertaining Monaco side really are.


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