Monaco vs Nantes Highlights & Reports 06 August 2021
Nantes snatch a point in the principality
An exchange of goals before HT saw the very first game of the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season end level, with Jean-Charles Castelletto’s bullet header for rank outsiders Nantes cancelling out an early opener from Gelson Martins at the Stade Louis II stadium.
Myron Boadu, who had been thrust into the Monaco XI just two days after finalising his move from AZ Alkmaar, spurned a good early chance to open his Ligue 1 account, pulling a shot wide after rounding the opposition goalkeeper following a Nantes error. However, only one team was going to score the first goal of the new French season, and after a shrewd passage of play in the 14th minute, Gelson Martins powerfully slid a shot past Alban Lafont after meeting the end of Caio Henrique’s sublime ball.
Monaco remained the better side throughout the first half, as the visitors maintained a sedentary attitude towards attacking. As such, it was firmly against the run of play that Nantes drew level just three minutes before HT. After a rare break into Monaco territory yielded a corner for Nantes, Jean-Charles Castelletto met an inch-perfect flag kick from Moses Simon, and sent his bullet header flying into the Monaco net.
With Antoine Kombouaré’s side given such an undeserved lifeline at a vital juncture in the game, Monaco were suitably angered, and emerged from the changing room with the same attacking intent they had showcased before the break. They went close to restoring their lead in the early minutes of the second half, as Jean Lucas skimmed the crossbar with a free-kick from just outside the penalty box.
Overall, the second half never matched the first in terms of passion and attacking endeavour, with not a single post-HT shot on target before the 84th minute – itself the end point of a quarter-hour period which saw seven total substitutions. Ultimately, the myriad of second-half changes did nothing other than disrupt the flow of play, giving the eventual FT scoreline of 1-1 a feeling of drab inevitability.
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