French Ligue 1
Monaco1Valenciennes2

Monaco 1-2 Valenciennes

Record signing Radamel Falcao missed a penalty on his return to the side as Monaco failed to take their chance to go top of Ligue 1.

The £50m striker, who signed from Spanish side Atletico Madrid in May, came on as sub only to see his spot kick saved by Nicolas Penneteau.

Valenciennes had taken a 2-0 lead courtesy of Eric Abidal's own goal before the break and David Ducourtioux.

James Rodriguez scored a late consolation for Monaco who stay second.

It was Monaco's first home loss of the season as the principality side fell behind when France defender Abidal put into his own net after Danijel Subasic had parried a cross.

Valenciennes, who are now third from bottom, scored their second when Ducourtioux beat Subasic from close range following a quick counter attack shortly after half-time.

Colombia striker Falcao entered the fray after three weeks out with a thigh strain but he was left frustrated when his penalty was saved and Rodriguez's effort could not prompt a comeback.

Line-ups

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 24RaggiSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 64'minutes
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 28Toulalan
  • 6Carvalho
  • 22AbidalBooked at 72mins
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 19Obbadi
  • 29RivièreSubstituted forFalcaoat 45'minutes
  • 23MartialSubstituted forOcamposat 56'minutes
  • 10Rodríguez

Substitutes

  • 2Tavares
  • 9Falcao
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 20Isimat-Mirin
  • 27Kondogbia

Valenciennes

  • 1Penneteau
  • 25MaterBooked at 68mins
  • 21CissBooked at 52mins
  • 4Enza Yamissi
  • 18Lala
  • 24KagelmacherBooked at 81mins
  • 2Ducourtioux
  • 6Doumbia
  • 27MeliksonSubstituted forSaezat 59'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 10DosseviSubstituted forMassampuat 83'minutes
  • 3MasuakuBooked at 15mins

Substitutes

  • 9Bahebeck
  • 16Novaes
  • 17Nery
  • 22Massampu
  • 23Saez
  • 26Da Silva
  • 33Houri
Referee:
Olivier Thual

Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamValenciennes
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home22
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Monaco 1, Valenciennes 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Monaco 1, Valenciennes 2.
Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).
João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kama Massampu (Valenciennes).
Offside, Monaco. Jérémy Toulalan tries a through ball, but Mounir Obbadi is caught offside.
Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).
Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Monaco. Falcao tries a through ball, but James Rodríguez is caught offside.
Lucas Ocampos (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Arthur Masuaku (Valenciennes).

Booking

José Saez (Valenciennes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by José Saez (Valenciennes).
Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.
Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Saliou Ciss.
Foul by Mounir Obbadi (Monaco).
Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Monaco 1, Valenciennes 2. James Rodríguez (Monaco) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ricardo Carvalho with a headed pass following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Valenciennes. Kama Massampu replaces Mathieu Dossevi.
Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Nicolas Penneteau.
Penalty saved! Falcao (Monaco) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Gary Kagelmacher (Valenciennes) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Monaco. Falcao draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes) after a foul in the penalty area.
Offside, Monaco. Lucas Ocampos tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by José Saez (Valenciennes).
João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes).
Offside, Valenciennes. Tongo Hamed Doumbia tries a through ball, but Mathieu Dossevi is caught offside.

Booking

Eric Abidal (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Eric Abidal (Monaco).
Mathieu Dossevi (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Kenny Lala.
Attempt blocked. Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Rodríguez.
Attempt missed. José Saez (Valenciennes) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rudy Mater following a fast break.

Booking

Rudy Mater (Valenciennes) is shown the yellow card.
Lucas Ocampos (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes).
Foul by Falcao (Monaco).
Rudy Mater (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco replaces Andrea Raggi.
Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Rudy Mater.
Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Rudy Mater.
João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Arthur Masuaku (Valenciennes).
Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).

Substitution

Substitution, Valenciennes. José Saez replaces Maor Melikson.

Goal!

Goal! Monaco 0, Valenciennes 2. David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tongo Hamed Doumbia following a fast break.
Attempt saved. Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku with a headed pass.
Foul by João Moutinho (Monaco).
Gary Kagelmacher (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Lucas Ocampos replaces Anthony Martial because of an injury.
Foul by João Moutinho (Monaco).
Mathieu Dossevi (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Valenciennes. Maor Melikson tries a through ball, but Mathieu Dossevi is caught offside.
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