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Monaco 1-2 Valenciennes

Falcao

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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

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

Valenciennes

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Monaco 1, Valenciennes 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Monaco 1, Valenciennes 2.

  3. Post update

    Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).

  5. Post update

    João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kama Massampu (Valenciennes).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Monaco. Jérémy Toulalan tries a through ball, but Mounir Obbadi is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

  9. Post update

    Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Monaco. Falcao tries a through ball, but James Rodríguez is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Lucas Ocampos (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Arthur Masuaku (Valenciennes).

  13. Booking

    José Saez (Valenciennes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by José Saez (Valenciennes).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Saliou Ciss.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mounir Obbadi (Monaco).

  19. Post update

    Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. 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.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 20th December 2013

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