Sports Mole brings you live coverage from Ligue 1 where AS Monaco host Evian TG.
By Matt Cotton, Reporter Filed: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 18:59 UK
Last Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 14:24 UK
AS Monaco welcomed Evian TG to the Stade Louis II on Friday night with the chance to move level on points at the top of Ligue 1.
The principality club went into the match off the back of two consecutive defeats in all competitions, while Evian were looking to push further away from the relegation zone and towards the top half of the table.
In a frantic and entertaining match, both sides were forced to settle for a point.
Read how the match unfolded in our live commentary below.
7.01pmGood evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage from the Stade Louis II where AS Monaco host Evian TG in Ligue 1 action.
7.03pmTonight's encounter should be a very interesting one as Monaco look to return to winning ways in the league, having suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season last weekend against Lille. Claudio Ranieri's side went down 2-0 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, which came just days after their elimination from the Coupe de la Ligue at the hands of Reims. So after two consecutive losses in a week, Ranieri will be desperate to see his side respond.
7.05pmOn the contrary, Evian find themselves in the middle of a purple patch. They have won their last three games in all competitions, and now sit seven points clear of the relegation zone at such an early stage of the season. They'll be looking to take advantage of Monaco's recent blip, and get their fourth straight win.
7.08pmOne way or another, history is being made tonight as Monaco and Evian square off for the first time ever. They avoided plying their trade in the same division, due to Monaco's initial relegation from Ligue 1 coming at the same time of Evian's promotion from Ligue 2. They finally meet tonight.
7.08pmRight, let's bring you the team news, starting with the home side.
7.26pmWith just a few minutes until kick off, this is what both managers had to say in the build-up.
7.27pmRanieri: "I am convinced that the team has learned from what happened [at Lille] and their reaction will be very important.
"My experience has taught me that things will not always go well over the course of a season but I think we will put in a good performance on Friday evening."
7.28pmDupraz: "We are not competing on the same level as them, we know that. Our aim is to build on our good recent performances.
"If we go to Monaco to get a tan and look at the rock, we risk coming away with a hiding. There is never a good time to play them but if we want to climb the table we will need to continue our unbeaten run."
7.30pmBoth teams are out at the Stade Louis II, the game is about to start.
1 minKICK OFF! The match is underway at Stade Louis II.
1 minEvian have an early free kick in a good position just outside the Monaco box. Barbosa curls it, but it's too tame and an easy low catch for Subasic.
2 minMonaco are wearing their usual home strip of diagonally divided red and white shirts with white shorts and socks, Evian are in their away kit of all purple.
3 minMonaco are playing from right to left in this first half, Evian the opposite.
5 minMonaco have been on top since that early Evian chance and have had all the possession but haven't managed to test Hansen properly yet.
7 minMonaco win a corner after Rodriguez's low cross is deflected behind. Moutinho takes it, but Evian can clear comfortably.
8 minEvian win a free kick in a crossing position on the left touchline.
9 minBarbosa is the man to curl it in, but Ferreira-Carrasco can clear the second ball into the opponent's half.
11 minSAVE! Nearly a chance for Monaco as Ferreira-Carrasco picks up the ball on the right of the box before rolling it to his left and spinning in a low, dipping cross with the outside of his boot. It's just too far ahead of Radamel Falcao, but still forces a save out of Hansen to be safe.
12 minIt seems to me as if Evian are lining up in a 4-4-2, with Barbosa partnering Sougou in attack. The former is looking pretty central and very advanced up the field.
15 minMonaco are still dictating play and their fans appeal for a penalty as Falcao goes down in the box under the challenge of Mongongu. The defender looks like he is all over the back of the Colombian, but the referee gives nothing.
16 minInteresting, it doesn't look as if there is too big a crowd here tonight. The Stade Louis II is looking a little emptier than usual.
17 minSAVE! Monaco take a short corner which ends up with Ferreira-Carrasco on the edge of the box. He smashes his half-volley into the ground, but it bounces awkwardly and forces Hansen to tip it over the bar.
18 minThe resulting corner doesn't create as much of a problem for Evian, and they can clear.
20 minCLOSE! Monaco are starting to create more chances as Lucas Ocampos runs onto a long ball over the top on the right of the box, and he fizzes a low first-time hit into the side-netting.
21 minIsn't that just football. Just as Monaco were starting to move up the gears, Evian take the lead against the run of play. It's poor defending from the hosts as a huge clearance downfield turns into a pass to Wass, who keeps his cool on the right of the box before smashing the ball on the half-volley into the far corner past Subasic. Lovely finish, shoddy defending, Evian lead!
22 minYELLOW CARD Tie Bi picks up the game's first caution for hacking down Ocampos.
24 minReally good chance for Evian, who again hit Monaco on the break. Wass has oceans of space on the right of the box and tries to cut the ball back to Sougou in the middle, but it's too close to Subasic, who saves.
25 minAnother nearly chance for Evian, this time Sougou bares down on goal, but Subasic is quickly out. Monaco need to sort it out at the back because Evian are getting in behind them far too easily.
27 minGOAL! AS Monaco 1-1 Evian TG (Radamel Falcao)
27 minMonaco do one better and find an equaliser. Rodriguez slides in Falcao from the edge of the D, and the striker takes the ball in his stride before smashing it with his right into the far bottom corner.
28 minDupraz is having a right go at the fourth official for some reason, not sure why though.
30 minWe've had a break in play as Barbosa is down nursing an injury. He walks off the field with an ice pack on his shoulder, but I have a feeling he may return. No change has been made yet.
32 minIt looks as if Barbosa can't continue, Dupraz is just waiting to make a change.
33 minTie Bi, who is on a yellow, commits a clumsy foul on Rodriguez. He has to be careful.
34 minEVIAN CHANGE Nicolas Benezet comes on in place of the injured Barbosa.
36 minPlay has been stopped again, but this time it is so that the referee can try to calm down Dupraz on the touchline. The Evian boss is fuming about something, not sure what though.
38 minMonaco are back in the ascendancy, but haven't managed another shot on goal. Evian are still playing on the break. The game is finely poised currently, and pretty entertaining.
41 minEvian are starting to see a bit more of the ball now after Monaco's possessional dominance. Can either side mount a chance before the break?
43 minCLOSE! Rodriguez takes a corner from the left which he strangely hands well away from the area. However, it lands on the volley of Toulalan, who smashes it just wide of the far post. Nearly a brilliant goal.
45 minInto the final minute of the half now, plus added time.
48 minNone of the corners were particularly troubling for Evian, and they can clear.
49 minEvian have a free kick which is floated towards the far post. Subasic comes for it and flies through the air before landing on his back in a heap. He is ok though, and it will be a goal kick.
54 minEven game at the moment but no real chances since the break. Evian have coped well with Monaco's attacking possession so far.
56 minNearly a chance for Falcao as he brings the ball down in the box from a cross, but he loses his footing at the last moment.
58 minMonaco haven't really started the half too brilliantly, they're looking a little flat.
58 minAs I say that, Falcao smashes a shot at Hansen, although he was offside anyway.
60 minTo be fair, as much as Monaco look flat, Evian are looking very organised at the back.
63 minFerreira whips in a good cross from the left with Rodriguez lurking, but Hansen can push it away.
65 minSAVE! Massive stop from Subasic! Monaco's defence gets in a pickle, leaving Sougou to go one-on-one with the keeper. He brings it inside the box and tries to side-foot it past Subasic, but the Monaco man can make the save. Should have scored.
76 minCLOSE! Very nearly a goal for Riviere, but he heads just wide of the far post from a Toulalan cross on the right.
77 minEVIAN CHANGE Final alteration from Dupraz as Marco Ruben comes on in place of Ehret.
81 minCHANCE! Wonderful opportunity for Evian as Sougou finds himself through on goal on the left side of the box. He looks offside but the play goes on, only for Sougou to wildly rush his effort and smash it over the bar. Big chance.
82 minYELLOW CARD Carvalho goes into the book for a reckless late challenge.
84 minSAVE! Evian go close again, and they are looking good to retake the lead. Nistor has a pop from the edge of the box with a curling strike, but Subasic can make a fine stop.
87 minYELLOW CARD Sougou goes into the book for a late tackle on the touchline against Toulalan.
88 minOFF THE BAR! Ocampos comes inches away from putting the hosts ahead. He get the ball on the edge of the box and hits a half-volley, but it crashes off the bar.
9.24pmI can't believe that this had ended at just 1-1, but both sides come away with a point. It's a good one for Evian, who maintain their unbeaten run, but Monaco could now find themselves five points behind league leaders PSG if they win tomorrow.
9.25pmRadamel Falcao cancelled out Daniel Wass' opener, meaning that Monaco now have won just once in their past five games. Evian climb to 12th for now.
9.30pmBefore I go, let's take a look at the full-time statistics.