The decisive entry into play of Sofiane Diop, the twirling performance of Cody Gakpo but also the shouting lack of confidence of Kevin Volland. Find our tops / flops after PSV-Monaco (1-2).
Sofiane Diop, what a starter!
Despite a quarter of an hour spent on the lawn, the young Sofiane Diop recalled that he is an essential holder in the league in the ranks of ASM. From his first seconds on the meadow, he found his technical touch in a Monegasque team adrift in the game and which could no longer come close to Drommel’s goals. The entry of Sofiane Diop allowed Niko Kovac’s men to hold the ball more in the opposing camp, which offered a little respite to a rearguard particularly in demand. And what is more, it is he who offers victory to ASM by taking over, like a number 9 by profession, a perfect cross from Caio Henrique. A shattering and decisive entry for the international hope.
Caio Henrique, the distributor of offerings
Excellent in the first period, the Monegasque side multiplied the sharp climbs on his left side systematically offering a solution in the back of the opposing defenders. It was he who served Myron Boadu perfectly for the opening of the Monegasque score in the 20th minute. In the second half, he suffered more in the face of the relentless offensives of PSV but can do nothing on the equalization of Gakpo. Despite everything, he was able to resist first Madueke then his replacement Vertessen and managed in the 89th minute a final decisive climb. Served by Volland, his cross for Sofiane Diop is perfect and allows international hope to conclude at close range. A top-of-the-range service for the Brazilian.
Cody Gakpo, the hyperactive wisp
Despite his injury coming out shortly after the hour mark, the young Dutchman Cody Gakpo (22) splashed his talent on the lawn of the Philips Stadion. A real detonator on its left side, it is at the origin of a lot of situations on the PSV side. His provocation, speed and dribbling abilities are having a hard time with the Monegasque rearguard. In the second half, he scratched a ball in the feet of Axel Disasi and followed with an overpowering strike on a discount from Carlos Vinicius. The ball is out of reach of Nübel and this but then comes a period of great domination of the premises. A full match for the talent of Eindhoven despite a hasty end of the game.
Kevin Volland far too discreet
Although he was involved in the winning goal of ASM, the German striker did not weigh enough in this meeting. Very little found by his teammates, he only very rarely managed to put himself in a striking situation. During his rare ball catches, he showed too much technical waste. ASM struggles to find last season’s Kevin Volland, who scored 18 goals in all competitions. And this performance will not be of much help for the former Leverkusen in his quest for confidence.
The second Monegasque period
Of course, it was at the end of this second period that ASM managed to win the three points against PSV. But after a very correct first half, Niko Kovac’s men completely foiled when they returned from the locker room. The Principality’s players owe their salvation only to the Dutch offensive ineffectiveness. Wissam Ben Yedder’s teammates, who entered during the game, only hit three times in the second act against 13 attempts for their opponents. The final sanction could have been very severe for ASM which will have to avoid increasing this type of slump, especially in the European Cup in this raised group.