Monaco grabbed all three points at the Stade Louis II this Sunday afternoon, after a Fabinho penalty late on in the game. The result lifts Monaco up to second place, while St. Etienne stay seventh.
Saint Etienne had the majority of the possession early on in the game, but Kevin Malcuit and Kevin Monnet-Pacquet both missed the targets with their efforts.
Monaco started to come more into the game, and they nearly opened the scoring when Helder Costa struck the bar, when he connected with a beautiful Nabil Dirar cross.
Stephane Ruffier had to be alert when Joao Moutinho struck an effort from outside the box. The shot was really well struck, but Ruffier was on hand to tip the ball over the bar.
Both teams failed to create many clear cut chances, but Monaco had the better of the chances through Toulalan and Thomas Lemar.
The game changed completely when Malcuit received his second yellow card, leaving Saint Etienne down to ten men for the final 25 minutes.
Monaco took advantage of the man advantage, when Pierre-Yves Polomat handled the ball, giving Fabinho the chance to score, which he duly did.
Les Verts couldn’t muster any chances to get themselves level, and Monaco held on for the victory, lifting them up to second for the time being.