AS Monaco welcomes Sturm Graz this Thursday (9 p.m.) in the Europa League. Not a first, since the Rock club had already faced the Austrians in the Champions League, during the 2000-2001 season. Back on this meeting at Louis-II, won 5-0 by the Red and White.
AS Monaco’s Europa League campaign begins this Thursday with the reception of Sturm Graz at the Stade Louis-II. An opponent who is not necessarily the best known of the group into which the main club fell, also made up of PSV Eindhoven and Real Sociedad, but who is not however a discovery for the assiduous followers of the Red and White. Indeed, the two clubs have already crossed paths during the 2000-2001 season, in the group stage of the Champions League.
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The Marco Simone festival
Disputed on September 27 in front of more than 7,000 people, this meeting had largely smiled on the men of Claude Puel, who had imposed themselves 5-0. A festival that bears the paw of Marco Simone, author of a triple in the first period. Aligned alongside the new recruit Shabani Nonda, freshly arrived from Rennes, the Italian striker will bring an ordeal to the Austrian defense.
First act at the 13e minute, with a magnificent sequence control of the right – strike of the left. The asemist striker strikes again in the 38e minute of a furious volley, then three minutes later taking advantage of a missed exit by the Graz goalkeeper. The Monegasque youth then took over, with a fourth goal signed Pontus Farnerud, 20 years old at the time, on a huge work of a Dado Prso with short hair (77e). It is finally Shabani Nonda who closes the festival, alone (84e).
A thinning in a complicated season
Unfortunately for Monaco, the return match will not have the same flavor at all and will end in a defeat (2-0). With two wins, a draw and three losses (7 points), the Principality club will finish recently in this group dominated by… Sturm Graz (10 points), ahead of Galatasaray (8 points) and the Rangers (8 points).
This European disappointment will unfortunately not be offset by domestic competitions, since the Red and White, reigning French champions, will finish this 2000-2001 season in eleventh place in Division 1 and will lose in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue against Olympique Lyonnais (2-1 after). For Monegasque supporters, the reception of Sturm Graz will have been a very nice brightening up during this complicated year. Twenty-one years later, we hope to relive such a beautiful evening at the Stade Louis-II.
The match sheet:
AS Monaco 5 – 0 Sturm Graz
Half time: 3-0
Yellow cards: Jurietti (32)e); Popovic (15e), Minavandchal (45e)
AS Monaco: Porato – Jurietti, Christanval, Irles, Di Tommaso – Giuly (Bonnal 46e), Marquez, Djetou © (P. Farnerud 74e), Gravelaine – Simone (Prso 56e), Nonda
Substitutes: Biancarelli, Rodriguez, Sidibé, Bonnal, P. Farnerud, Eloi, Prso
Coach: Claude Puel
Sturm Graz: Schicklgruber – Mamedov (Feldhofer 46e), Foda (Strafner 46th), Popovic (Szabics 69e), Schopp – Fleurquin, Korsos, Prilasnig, Minavandchal – Reinmayr, Yuran
Substitutes: Sidorczuk, Strafner, Feldhofer, Szabics, Kocijan, Koutsoupias
Coach: Ivica osim