Monaco Vs Strasbourg – PARIS, Aug 6, 2022 (AFP) – Monaco capitalized on a favorable late VAR call to win 2-1 away to Strasbourg in their Ligue 1 opener on Saturday.
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However, the tie appeared to be salvaged when Habib Diallo headed the ball into the net in the second minute of stoppage time after pulling one back for Strasbourg, but the referee disallowed the goal for minor offside after VAR was consulted.
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A welcome win for Monaco before they travel to the Netherlands to face PSV Eindhoven in the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round.
After finishing second in Ligue 1 and being denied automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage in last season’s dramatic finale, Monaco instead finished third and must go through two qualifying games in Europe’s elite club competitions.
Belgium coach Philippe Klémann made six changes to the 1-1 home draw with Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV in the first leg. Japanese star Takumi Minamino (recent arrival from Liverpool) was also dropped.
Senegalese international Diata, who recently returned from a long-term injury, opened the scoring in surprising fashion at the Stade de la Mainau, scoring two minutes before the break.
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Axel Disasi nodded in a corner and Diatta was the first to connect a volley from the edge of the penalty area to make it 1-0.
Monaco doubled their lead eight minutes after the restart when Diop converted from close range as Strasbourg goalkeeper Matz Sels reached for Gelson Martins to slot a low ball across the face of the goal.
Strasbourg, who narrowly missed out on European qualification this season, scored in the 65th minute when Diata’s compatriot Diallo headed in Thomas Delano’s cross.
He then thought he had salvaged a draw when Aleksandar Djikko was awarded after assisting another Delaney cross, but the hosts’ celebrations were halted by VAR.
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