Champions League: Monaco snatch a draw against PSV and allow themselves the right to believe in the play-offs (1-1)

A draw, and regrets for AS Monaco. Opposed, to Louis-II, to PSV Eindhoven for this first leg of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League, the club of the Principality could only snatch a draw, at the end of a meeting which it dominated (1-1). A disappointing result before the return match, next Tuesday at Philips Stadion, especially given the many opportunities that the partners of Wissam Ben Yedder have obtained, too clumsy in front and who will therefore have to seek their qualification for the play-offs in the Netherlands.

Like last year, in the group stage of the Europa League (0-0) Monaco failed to dominate PSV at home. But this time, the result is much more annoying for Philippe Clément’s players, who could make their way to the Champions League easier if they had been much more killer against the opposing goal. In front of much fuller stands than usual on the Rock, the Monegasques thrilled their audience almost from start to finish.

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While they had control of the ball very quickly, and they were denied a possible penalty for a handball from Jordan Teze in the area (32nd), it was nevertheless the locals who cracked first, on the only successful offensive movement of the players of Ruud van Nistelrooy in the first period. Served by Luuk De Jong at the entrance to the area, Joey Veerman fired a powerful shot from the left to deceive Alexander Nübel (0-1, 38th).

A better second half

While they had hitherto lacked sharpness, the ASM players however had the merit of reacting well to the return from the locker room. Takumi Minamino, the only rookie of the summer lined up at kick-off, could have launched his adventure perfectly in the Monegasque jersey following a superb serve from Guillermo Maripan behind the opposing defense, but he missed his shot from the left, alone against Benitez (49th).

Guus Til also shot wide on his team’s only big chance in the second half (52nd), Monaco finally returned to their great strength of the day: free kicks. Always using tricky combinations, Axel Disasi’s partners have always shaken the PSV defense.

And it was ultimately the French defender who took advantage of a confused situation in the Dutch area to put the two teams on a par (1-1, 80th). The visitors suffered from then on, and Monaco could have doubled the bet, again from a free kick, if Benitez’s post had not intervened on the head of Youssouf Fofana (88th), before Disasi missed, with a last helmet shot, the frame of little (90th + 5). The qualification will therefore be played in a week for Monaco, with one watchword: to finally be efficient.

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