Sports round-up: Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella watch on as Roca Team seal EuroLeague victory

From a EuroLeague game against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul to a Betclic Elite face-off with Bourg-en-Bresse and a Ligue 1 draw with Le Havre, AS Monaco basketball and football fans, including the Princely family, had plenty of opportunities to cheer on their favourite teams over the weekend.  

Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and their nine-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, joined a packed stadium of AS Monaco Basket fans on Friday 2nd February to watch a pivotal Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. 

It was a tight game, but the Roca Team rallied, particularly in the fourth quarter, to win 76-69 to the applause and cheers of the Princely family, who had enjoyed prime seating in the box.

Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella joined their parents in the premium box to watch the game. Photo credit: AS Monaco Basket

There was little time to rest for the players, who were out on the road to Bourg-en-Bresse just two days later for a Betclic Elite match on Sunday 4th February. Perhaps it was fatigue or maybe just bad luck, but despite Monaco’s efforts and a more dominant rebounding performance, the home side took the win: 74-70.

The result reduces AS Monaco’s lead at the top of the Betclic Elite standings to two points ahead of Lyon’s ASVEL Basket.  

AS Monaco pays tribute to Number 8 Jean Petit  

The football match against Le Havre on Sunday 4th February in the French Ligue 1 might not have been the most exciting AS Monaco game of the season, but it was a poignant one. 

Prince Albert and AS Monaco President Dmitry Rybolovlev stood side-by-side to lead a minute of applause before kick-off in homage to AS Monaco’s former Number 8, Jean Petit, who passed away at the age of 74 on 23rd January. 

The game at the Stade Louis II was ultimately a draw, with a goal apiece for AS Monaco and Le Havre. 

“We couldn’t find a way to score the goal,” said a frustrated Adi Hütter, the manager for the Rouges et Blancs, after the game. “You can always talk about our defence or the goals we conceded, but we had several chances in the first 45 minutes. At the start of the season, for example, we managed to put them away. We were the better team today and we’re very dissatisfied and disappointed with this result.” 


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Main photo credit: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier de Monaco