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A bad game in Europe is synonymous with losing. Inevitable destiny for the poorest Real of the exercise. Inoperative in most of a tough game against a good Monaco. The possibility of being first no longer exists because Kovac’s team achieves the mathematical leadership with his victory. To continue in the Europa League, it will be necessary to beat PSV in Anoeta and as a consolation prize there is safe access to the Conference. Very little conquest, especially after a very leaden staging that complicates life in Europe for the Real.

Although Imanol armed Real with the most powerful lineup possible plus Ryan’s breakthrough in goal, the response was fragile in the first half. Unknown, misaligned behind, with the population of the medullary and the front missing, if it were not for the sparks of Januzaj, the Real was getting the game out of hand. The version was too indolent against a strong, precise and vertical Monaco.

As if it were a prelude, Ben Yedder entered the area alone, through an unguarded right flank of the defense. Zubimendi saved the goal and it was only minute 5. La Real began to lose high-risk balls in their field. Monaco took over the duel because they played more aggressive and faster. The game, in general, lacked rhythm. It looked like a casino without roulette. A glamorous port without luxury yachts.

Who says march, says goal. And three came at once. The fate of the night was not accidental and the Real was damaged in a quarter of an hour out of control. Ben Yedder and Golovin connected to serve Volland 1-0 with the realistic rear open in the channel. Isak equalized by surprise, since the txuri urdin were on the canvas, after a brilliant maneuver by Januzaj. A mirage. Monaco took a free kick three minutes later, Badiashile, a giant, prolonged and Fofana finished off the net. For Aihen to score by playing the highest of the match cried to heaven.

The Real tightens and dilutes

Gorosabel and Barrenetxea entered for Zaldua and an inconsequential Silva and Real improved. Above all because of the contribution of the San Sebastian extreme, a spring of dribbling and conduits to break on the left.

Merino, another elemental piece that unexpectedly disappeared from the map, found Isak on 59 ‘and the Swede’s shot brushed the post because Maripán hindered the action. The Real, more dominating, was about to tie. Getting injured Badiashile, a recessed wall, helped.

The Real was also punished for physical problems because Isak was changed, limping. The harshness of Europe claimed the striker as an additional victim. Sorloth and Portu were Imanol’s last two cartridges. La Real had lowered its revolutionary threats with a draw.

The Real was definitely diluted as the end approached. He joined the Monaco field, but without creating danger. In fact, the two best chances in the aftermath were local: one from Boadu and one from Volland. Le Normand and an erratic Oyarzabal forgave desperately. The game was bad and the second defeat of the season became irremediable.

Monaco: Nübel, Sidibé, Badiashile (Disaski, min. 67), Maripán, Caio Henrique, Fofana, Lucas, Diop (Gelson, min. 75), Golovin (Matazo, min. 91), Volland (Matsima, min. 91), Ben Yedder (Boadu, min. 75).

Real: Ryan, Zaldua (Gorosabel, min. 45), Aritz, Le Normand, Aihen, Zubimendi, Merino (Turrientes, min. 65), Silva (Barrenetxea, min. 45), Januzaj (Portu, min. 74), Oyarzabal, Isak (Sorloth, min. 72).
Goals:
1-0: Volland (min. 27)
1-1: Isaac (min. 34)
2-1: Fofana (min. 37)
Referee: Ivan Kružliak. He admonished Maripán, Golovin and Nübel in Monaco; and to Zaldua and Januzaj by the Real. He sent off Fofana with a direct red (min. 88).

Incidents: 1,000 spectators of the Royal at the Louis II.

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