What you must remember
At the end of the boredom, AS Monaco painfully won this Thursday evening against a weak team from Sturm Graz (1-0). In a Louis-II stadium which sounded very hollow, Niko Kovac’s men, very disappointing in the first period, we knew how to put the necessary ingredients to regain control of the match. The Monegasque coach, who had chosen to rotate his workforce, very quickly changed his mind. From the start of the second half, the Croatian brought in three of his main strongmen: Golovin, Fabregas and Henrique. This choice changed everything. It is also the Russian who served Diatta perfectly on the only goal of the match (66th). Little worried, the ASM then contented itself with managing the score until the end. A victory obtained in difficulty, but a precious victory.
It’s over ! AS Monaco wins! (1-0, 90th +4)
Yellow card for Prass (90th +4)
Due to a fault on Diatta.
Ben Yedder again! (90th +2)
The Monegasque striker very close to worsening the score, but his strike was countered at the last moment.
Four minutes of added time
Ben Yedder well recovered (85th)
The Monegasque striker infiltrates the area but stumbles on the Austrian defense.
Change for Sturm Graz (78th)
Wuthrich gives way to Geyrhofer.
Monaco turns (77th)
The Monegasques are talking about their technique to keep the ball and keep the Austrians running.
Last change for Monaco (73rd)
Triple change for Sturm Graz (71st)
Prass, Jager and Niangbo replace Yeboah, Gazibegovic and Kiteishvili.
Maripan on corner! (70th)
On a corner well struck by Golovin, the Chilean throws himself and is very close to push the ball into the net.
Buuuuuuuuuuut from Diatta! (1-0, 66th)
Yellow card for Wuthrich (64th)
The defender is behind Fabregas.
Change for Sturm Graz (61st)
Sarkaria replaces Jantscher.
Change for Monaco (61st)
Diatta tries his luck! (60th)
Alone, the Monegasque ally crocheted and tried his luck, but his strike, countered, passed over Austrian goals.
Monaco is not there (60th)
Despite the triple change made by Kovac, the start of the second half for the Monegasques was very difficult.
It’s hot on Nubel’s goals! (53rd)
On a well-hit corner, several players from Sturm Graz find themselves totally lonely. One of them tries an acrobatic recovery, but it is too crushed.
Resumption of Tchouaméni (48th)
On a free kick, a priori failed, the French international slams a recovery, but it is too crushed.
Here we go again ! (0-0, 45th)
It’s half time! The two teams leave back to back! (0-0, 45th)
One minute of additional time
Sturm Graz’s transverse! (43rd)
What strike from Ljubic, the middle tries a powerful strike which comes crashing on the bar of Nubel. Scald on the Rock.
Clumsy Volland (42nd)
Diatta sent a ball from the chest on Volland but the German, in great lack of confidence, completely misses his head.
A well grouped boulder (40th)
Sturm Graz is defending very well so far. The defensive block concocted by Ilzer is very solid.
Nothing to report (35th)
It does not happen much chosen as the end of this first period approaches. The Monegasques are struggling to get around the Austrian bloc.
Yellow card for Jakobs (31st)
Big sole of the Monegasque side, logically sanctioned.
Martins again! (30th)
The Portuguese goes through the leg passages and tries a nice rolled shot that grazes the small net. It’s getting closer.
Gelson Martins close to scoring! (26th)
Very good pass from Volland who ideally launches Martins for a head-to-head, but the Portuguese stumbled on the opposing goalkeeper.
Aguilar shows up (25th)
The ASM side is very enterprising. He combines very well with Diatta and multiplies the centers which do not find a taker.
A match that does not get carried away (23rd)
Few opportunities to bite into this first period for the moment very dull.
Chouaméni very present (20th)
The Monegasque captain has been guiding the game very well since the start of the match. It is the real hub of AS Monaco.
Diatta who strikes! (16th)
Well served by Gelson Martins, Krépin Diatta unleashed an inside strike from the foot which largely missed. There was room to do better.
The relaunch of Nubel … (13th)
Once again, the German goalkeeper is clumsy at the foot and encountered his team in danger.
Nice defense of Sturm Graz (11th)
The Austrians are defended low on the ground, but for the moment they are defending themselves very well.
The Monegasques hold the ball (8th)
Not worried by their evening opponents, the ASM players can quietly unfold their game.
Wilson Isidor of the head! (4th)
Good cross from Diatta who finds the head of young Isidor, it passes just above the Austrian goals.
Monaco in legs (3rd)
Kovac’s men got off to a good start. They hold the ball perfectly.
Here we go ! (0-0, 1st)
The anthem retained!
The XI of Sturm Graz
The XI of Monaco
Niko Kovac will have to pass several players for this match. Myron Boadu, Djibril Sidibé and Jean Harisson Marcelin are absent on the Monegasque side.
An easy match?
The Austrians of Sturm Graz appear to be the most affordable opponents in Group B, but be careful all the same, Monaco will have to be wary.
Very different dynamics
AS Monaco are on a total of four defeats in six games and remain on a failure against Olympique de Marseille. Conversely, Sturm Graz has just chained two consecutive victories.
A historically balanced poster
The two teams have met twice in their history, for one victory each. The most recent match was won by Sturm Graz on October 17, 2000 (2-0).
Good evening everyone!
Welcome to this live commentary for one of the posters of this first day of the Europa League 2021-22. This Thursday, AS Monaco will host Sturm Graz for their first match in this group B. Kick-off 21h00.