We lost the bet placed with William Hill on AS Monaco to win both halves against Lorient, as not only did they lose the first half, but also managed to concede a goal in the last three minutes of the regular time. Lorient opened the score within the first 10 minutes of the match when Aboubakar transformed a penalty given for a hard foul inside the Monaco box. The striker then proceeded to convert the penalty by sending the ball into the left corner and putting his team ahead.
Lecomte had one of his great days where he managed to save all Monaco’s attempts to level up the score, but the hosts managed to spot a weakness of their opponents on the left flank, which is where they have directed all their shots. In the second half, Monaco thought they could make the difference by introducing Falcao, linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid. It was him to equalize on the 78th minute after converting another penalty.
Before that, Monaco played with 10 men as Carvalho was sent off in the 67th minute after receiving a second yellow card. It was the title hopes that might have made Monaco look all over the place on the field, relying only on Berbatov and Falcao to deliver, thus completely forgetting that they also need a competitive defensive line to make it in Ligue 1.
Lorient won the match on the 87th minute when Lavigne beat Subasic on a neatly created counter-attack. Monaco underperformed in this transfer window, but their coach is confident in his team: “Our project is to build a team that plays with a high defensive line,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said. “We still hope to sign a defender. This team is not used to playing with a high defensive line.”
Result: -7 units, bet lost