Sports round-up: Cold, hard defeat on the football pitch, but Roca Team triumph on court

It was an eventful weekend for mainstream Monaco sports, with a victory for the Roca Team against Paris in the Betclic Elite, but a disheartening defeat in the Stade Louis II for AS Monaco, who lost 3-1 to Stade de Reims.  

In a tightly contested Betclic Elite pitting on 13th January in the French capital, AS Monaco Basket secured a hard-earned victory over Paris with a final score of 92-85.  

The game, marked by intense back-and-forth action, saw both teams put up a strong fight, but the Roca Team demonstrated a slight edge in shooting accuracy and overall performance, as reflected in their slightly higher evaluation score of 101 compared to Paris’ 96. 

Key players for AS Monaco included Mike James, who led the team with 19 points and seven assists, and Donta Hall, who contributed significantly with an evaluation score of 22. AS Monaco’s balanced approach played a crucial role in their victory. 

The recent win against Paris puts AS Monaco Basket firmly atop the table in the Betclic Elite standings. Photo credit: AS Monaco Basket

Meanwhile, back in the Principality, Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Stade de Reims ended in utter disappointment for the home fans of AS Monaco, who concluded the match two goals down: 3-1.  

Despite the high expectations and the tactical strategies laid out by coach Adi Hütter, AS Monaco simply couldn’t capitalise on their chances and the match saw Reims taking the lead with a goal from Teddy Teuma in the 35th minute.  

AS Monaco’s hope was briefly reignited by a goal from Wissam Ben Yedder early in the second half, but Reims quickly regained control with goals from Réda Khadra and Azor Matusiwa.  

AS Monaco’s efforts, including a late tactical shift by Hütter, failed to turn the tide, leaving them to reflect on a missed opportunity in their home stadium. 

Upcoming dates 

The next two games for the Roca team will take place at home. The basketball side will face Real Madrid in a Euroleague season game on 19th January, followed by a Betclic Elite game scheduled for 21st January against Le Mans. 

On the football front, AS Monaco’s next challenge comes on 20th January when the Rouges et Blancs go against Rodez AF at the Stade Paul-Lignon in a Coupe de France match. 


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Main photo credit: AS Monaco