Ligue 1: Monaco win at Auxerre thanks to Eliesse Ben Seghir’s fiery first

The match: 2-3

Beaten by OM after a crazy game before the World Cup break (2-3, November 13), AS Monaco got back on track for their comeback this Wednesday by impressing at Auxerre (3-2). The Monegasques did not do everything well at Abbé-Deschamps and owe their success to the emergence of Eliesse Ben Seghir (17), author of a double for his first in the Championship. ASM temporarily return to match OM, fourth, before hosting Brest on Sunday (3pm).

Monaco were very sad to watch in the first period and Auxerre used the spaces to hurt. After a dangerous strike from Akim Zedadka (25th), Eliot Matazo offered the Auxerrois a penalty (see below) and M’Baye Niang converted it by hitting full axis (27th). The Monegasque response was timid but sufficient to equalize before the break after another penalty. Gideon Mensah really hooked the foot of Takumi Minamino at the entrance to the surface, and the specialist Wissam Ben Yedder opened his foot perfectly for his seventh performance of the season (45. + 3).

Despite this equaliser, Monegasque coach Philippe Clement, inevitably unhappy with the collective performance, made a triple change at half-time, launching Alexandre Golovine, Youssouf Fofana and youngster Eliesse Ben Seghir in place of Minamino, Matazo and Ben Yedder. The Monegasque face was immediately more attractive with more fluidity. Impressive for his first (see below), Ben Seghir gave the advantage to ASM (58th) to validate Clement’s coaching. Under pressure, however, AJA could come back when vice-world champion Youssouf Fofana scored against his left (68th), on a corner after a good effort from Hamza Sakhi. But Ben Seghir’s talent gave a decisive advantage to Monaco (85th), who scored three times, in three shots on target.

The player: the hatch of Eliesse Ben Seghir

Eliesse Ben Seghir was launched as a pro against Red Star Belgrade on November 3 in the Europa League and had a flamboyant baptism in Ligue 1 on Wednesday. Already brilliant in preparation, the 17-year-old kid, who will celebrate his majority in mid-February, changed the face of ASM and came in at half-time. After first touches of the ball full of class, the native of Saint-Tropez took 13 minutes to score his first goal in the top flight, scoring with his left foot from a ball that Golovine (58th) slipped. While his switch from the outside to Gelson Martins almost hit the target (76th) and he was then met by Jubal on a strike (79th), the crack eventually offered a double after an incredible sequence. Found on the left, he made a leg pass before placing a magnificent curled shot with his right foot (85th).

At 17 years and 315 days, he became the youngest player to score for Monaco in Ligue 1, after Thierry Henry against Lens in 1995 (17 years and 255 days).

Fact: Matazo disappoints again, Fofana unhappy

Presented as a big promise upon his arrival at Monaco’s training center in 2018, Eliot Matazo has been slow to show his potential despite surpassing the fifty game milestone with the ASM pros. While Philippe Clement preferred to leave Youssouf Fofana on the bench at kick-off, ten days after the World Cup final, the 20-year-old midfielder took to the water alongside Mohamed Camara. Too easy in the duels (only one won out of five), Belgium international Espoirs committed a largely avoidable error in the area, leveling Lassine Sinayoko (27th) to offer the opener to AJA. He left at half-time, replaced by Fofana. Although the vice-world champion was more solid in the game, he was no luckier when he scored against his team with a pigeon wing (68th).

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