Monaco, Sparta Prague and will play their C1 play-off against Chakhtior Donetsk
The match: 3-1
Of course, AS Monaco is surely offered – for lack of concentration and sometimes too caricature of wanting to relaunch properly – a little too much ammunition to his opponent. But Sparta Prague, beaten at home in the first leg (0-2), did not take advantage of it at the start of the game when it was the most dangerous (2nd, 14th). And when this was the case, on a recovery from the left of Karlsson (79th), the suspense was already folded.
Car under the leadership of Kévin Volland in particular (see below), the Monegasques, who have mastered the game better and better, had then logically already scored two very nice goals, by Gelson Martins, in force from outside the right (50th), then Golovine, in finesse from inside the right (56th). They even had the last word, thanks to a third but, still quite pleasant, scored alone by Sofiane Diop (81st), who came into play instead of the Russian (60th).
The player: Kevin Volland in all the right ways
Admittedly, the German striker did not manage to score, because he encountered three times (twice with the left foot and one with the right) an excellent Nita (23rd, 45th + 1, 48th). But very mobile and rather inspired, Kévin Volland was in all the good Monegasque shots, in particular on the two goals, since he served as a support for Gelson Martins on the first (50th) and found himself in the penultimate pass on the second, scored by Glolovine (56th). Replaced in the 67th by Fabregas with the feeling of accomplished duty.
Gelson Martins scored his second but in two consecutive matches (after Friday’s in L1 against Nantes, 1-1). This had not happened to him since his debut with ASM in February 2019 (three goals in a row in L 1).