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Romain Faivre netted a dramatic late equaliser against his former club, to earn FC Lorient a point against AS Monaco. Folarin Balogun’s first goal for the Principality club had looked like being the difference.
Monaco are used to going behind away from home this season. They did so against Clermont Foot and FC Nantes but rescued four points combined from those two games. The story repeated itself at Le Moustoir. Tosin Aiyegun, on debut, raced through in just the second minute, latching onto Eli Junior Kroupi’s pass and tucking past Philipp Köhn with a little help from the post.
However, as they have a habit of doing, the Principality club fought back. Adi Hütter’s side quickly took control of the game, and whilst they struggled to create clear-cut chances, Youssuof Fofana unlocked Lorient’s defence with a deft, first-time-chip over the top. Aleksandr Golovin controlled expertly before tucking past Yvon Mvogo.
Fofana tested Mvogo twice early in the second half, and whilst Monaco were timidly knocking at the door, they were far from knocking it down. That changed with Folarin Balogun’s entry. The new signing needed just three minutes to get on the scoresheet, working a shooting position before beating Mvogo from a tight angle.
Monaco looked to have secured the three points but with the last kick of the game, Faivre, against his former club, latched onto Isaak Touré’s knock-down, firing past Köhn to rescue a point.
Philipp Köhn – 5
Soungoutou Magassa – 5
Guillermo Maripán – 5
Wilfried Singo – 4
Caio Henrique – 6
Denis Zakaria – 6
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