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Ligue des Champions : Monaco crée l'exploit sur la pelouse d'Arsenal !

Par Thibaut Lehut, France Bleu mercredi 25 février 2015 à 22:51 Mis à jour le mercredi 25 février 2015 à 23:46

Dimitar Berbatov, en difficulté en championnat, a profité de son expérience pour inscrire le deuxième but de Monaco.
Dimitar Berbatov, en difficulté en championnat, a profité de son expérience pour inscrire le deuxième but de Monaco. © Maxppp

Les Monégasques sont allés s'imposer 3 buts à 1 à Arsenal, ce mercredi soir en huitième de finale aller de Ligue des Champions. Une victoire quasiment synonyme de qualification pour les quarts, et un match référence pour tout un groupe.

L'Emirates Stadium leur réussit bien. Déjà victorieux sur les terres d'Arsenal en août lors d'un match de pré-saison, les Monégasques se sont de nouveau imposés ce mercredi soir en huitième de finale aller de Ligue des Champions (3-1). 

Des jeunes au rendez-vous

La pression était pourtant bien plus lourde que l'été dernier sur les épaules de Monaco, car la rencontre face aux Gunners d'Arsène Wenger, jadis entraîneur sur le Rocher, avait le parfum des grandes soirées européennes. Mais les hommes de Leonardo Jardim n'ont jamais paru impressionné par l'enjeu, d'entrée de jeu présents dans l'impact physique et bien en place défensivement, comme à leur habitude. Et ce malgré l'absence au coup d'envoi de cadres majeurs tels que Toulalan (suspendu), Raggi, Carvalho, Ferreira Carrasco ou encore Kurzawa (blessures). Généreux dans le jeu, les Monégasques parviennent à prendre l'avantage en fin de première période. Kondogbia décoche à 20m des buts d'Ospina une belle frappe, déviée par Mertesacker et qui finit sa course au fond des filets (38ème, 1-0). Les Gunners entament la deuxième période tambour battant en tentant de retrouver le jeu de passes courtes et rapides qui fait leur force offensive. En vain. Les hommes d'Arsène Wenger se heurtent au mur monégasque, notamment érigé par un Abdennour des grands soirs et un jeune Wallace héroïque (20 ans). "Suicidaires défensivement" (Wenger) , ils offrent à Monaco de larges espaces en contre. Sur l'un d'eux, Fabinho s'échappe et lance Martial dans la profondeur. Ce dernier parvient à servir Berbatov qui fait fi du retour de trois défenseurs pour placer une frappe pleine de lucidité et battre une nouvelle fois Ospina (53ème, 2-0).

"Finish" fou

Perdant peu à peu le fil du match, les Anglais bafouillent leur jeu au milieu de terrain et butent inlassablement sur une équipe bien repliée et impressionnante de maîtrise. Mais ils parviennent cependant à réduire le score au cours d'un "finish" complètement fou. A la 91ème, un centre repoussé par la défense dans l'axe atterrit dans les pieds d'Oxlade-Chamberlain, qui a le temps d'ajuster une frappe qui fait mouche (2-1). Mais sur un nouveau contre, Ferreira Carrasco, entré en jeu, file inscrire le troisième but de Monaco (94ème, 3-1), scellant ainsi le sort d'un match que l'équipe aura dominé de bout en bout.Les Monégasques ont désormais de grandes chances de s'offrir le billet tant convoité pour les quarts de finale, puisqu'aucune équipe n'a réussi à surmonter le handicap d'une défaite à domicile par deux buts d'écart à l'aller. S'ils ne parvenaient pas à renverser la tendance le 10 mars prochain, les joueurs d'Arsenal sortiraient une nouvelle fois de la plus prestigieuse des compétitions européennes à ce stade des huitièmes. Une grosse désillusion pour les supporters, car ça fait quatre ans que ça dure.

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