Marseille come from behind to beat Monaco

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Marseille come from behind to beat Monaco

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By Satish Sekar at Monaco’s Stade Louis II © Satish Sekar (September 3rd 2018)

The Hard Way

Valère Germain came off the bench to grab a last-minute winner that broke the hearts of the defending champions Monaco – his former team. Marseille had to do it the hard way, coming from behind, despite having taken the lead and preserved it to half time. Rudi Garcia’s team took the lead as half time beckoned. Former West Ham ‘hero’ Dmitri Payet’s cross from the right begged to be dispatched, and Kostas Mitroglu obliged. With his head.

Whatever Leonardo Jardim said during the break worked wonders as first Belgian youngster, Youri Tielemans and then, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao García Zárate, appeared to have turned the tide. Monaco took the lead when World Cup winner Adil Rami – he’s French by the way – got a touch to Benjamin Henricks’ cross, but that just teed it up for Falcao to knock it in past goalkeeper, Yohann Pele

Monaco could not add to their slender lead – they had no chance worthy of the name, and eventually that cost them dear. – before substitute, Florian Thauvin punished them with a superb strike just over ten minutes after replacing Bouna Saar.

Cometh the 90th Minute

Rudi Garcia has a shocking record against the big clubs, PSG, Lyon and Monaco, claiming just three draws and no victories in their last 11 against these opponents until tonight. The dramatic ending of that record tonight could not have been better scripted for him. With just three minutes of normal time remaining he replaced Payet with German.

After six seasons at the Stade Louis II, Germain returned to haunt his former team, heading in a corner that condemned his former to defeat at home, and Garcia’s dreadful record against the big three.

While Mitroglu opened the scoring, he had three earlier attempts. The first came early from Saar’s cross, but Mitroglu’s shot was saved with his legs by Diego Benaglia. Half an hour later Mitroglu’s deft flick from Payet’s cross was also saved by Benaglia. Mitroglu headed the resulting corner over.

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