Ligue 1: Monaco crushes Metz and puts pressure in the fight for the title

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Monaco largely dominated Metz (4-0), this Saturday at the opening of the 31st day of Ligue 1. The Monegasques temporarily seize third place in the standings and put pressure on Lyon, Lille and PSG.

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Two minutes, that’s what it will have been enough in Monaco to make the difference and sign an excellent operation for the final sprint in Ligue 1. Long hampered by solid messins, Niko Kovac’s proteges won this Saturday (4 -0) at the start of the 31st day.

Dominating but too little dangerous in the first period, except on a post from Kevi Volland, the Monegasques accelerated back from the locker room. On a penalty perhaps a little happy following a foul by Marc-Aurèle Caillard on Stefan Jovetic, whose strike was missed, Cesc Fabregas launched the ASM to a capital success (1-0, 50th ).

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In the process, the young Eliot Matazo recovered the ball in the middle of the field before signing a nice rush in the Moselle defense and serving Kevin Volland for the goal of the break (2-0, 52nd). The German striker scored his fourteenth goal of the season in 29 L1 games and confirmed his status as a must-have in the Rocher club’s squad.

End of the famine for Ben Yedder

Disappointed by these two goals conceded in quick succession, Frédéric Antonetti’s Messins then struggled to straighten their heads. Substitute at kickoff and entered the lawn after the hour mark, Wissam Ben Yedder delivered the coup de grace on a good pass from Caio Henrique (3-0, 77th).

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Silent since February 14 and his double against Lorient (2-2), the 30-year-old striker ended a series of five games, and almost a month and a half, without scoring. Taking advantage of a new defensive error and an unnecessary tackle from John Boye (excluded on the action) on Gelson Martins, Wissam Ben Yedder offered himself the double on a new penalty. By scoring his fourteenth and fifteenth goals in Ligue 1, the international tricolor with 12 selections regains confidence at the best of times: for the final sprint.

Monaco serious contender for the title

And like Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco signed an excellent result by winning against Metz. Thanks to its success at Louis II, ASM temporarily takes OL out of the podium and now has two points ahead of Les Gones before the match between Lens and Lyon this Saturday night at Bollaert. What to believe in the title?

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Completely relaunched in the race for the Champions League, Monaco even returns to only one length of Lille and PSG who face each other during this 31st day of Ligue 1. But when asked if they are candidates for the title, the Monegasques continue to deny.

“No (for the title, editor’s note), Monaco is doing its job, was content to indicate Monegasque goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte at the microphone of Canal +. We wanted to win, it’s done. We have an important match in the Cup Next Tuesday and another against Dijon next Sunday. We are concentrating on us, then we will see at the end of the season. We will see what we are capable of in seven days. We have personal and collective goals. “

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An observation shared by his trainer, even if Niko Kovac confirmed that he would keep a close eye on the duel between Ile-de-France and Mastiffs.

“I will watch the match but we will only be spectators. We are focused on us. We will see what will happen, for his part estimated the Croatian technician for the encrypted channel. […] I have been a player, I am a coach. There are seven games left before the end and I don’t want to put too much pressure on my team. The main objective is to consolidate our fourth place but if there is a shot to play, we will play it. Suspense is total in Ligue 1.

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