Monaco Defeats Brest 2-0, Moves into Second Place in Ligue 1

AS Monaco secure vital 2-0 win over Brest, moving into 2nd place in Ligue 1 and strengthening their Champions League qualification hopes. Goals from Zakaria and Minamino seal the victory.

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Monaco Defeats Brest 2-0, Moves into Second Place in Ligue 1

Monaco Defeats Brest 2-0, Moves into Second Place in Ligue 1

AS Monaco secured a vital 2-0 victory over Brest in a Ligue 1 match on Sunday, propelling them into second place in the league standings. Goals from Denis Zakaria and Takumi Minamino sealed the win for Monaco, who leapfrogged their opponents in the competition for Champions League qualification.

Monaco broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria scored with a sublime curling effort from outside the box. "It was a beautiful goal," Monaco manager Adi Hutter said after the match. "Denis has that quality and he showed it today."

Japan forward Takumi Minamino then doubled Monaco's lead shortly after halftime, turning in Krépin Diatta's cutback from close range. The goal was initially disallowed for offside but later given after a VAR review confirmed Minamino was onside.

Despite Brest's efforts to get back into the game, Monaco's defense held firm to secure the clean sheet and the vital three points. The match ended on a sour note for the visitors, however, as they finished with nine men after Eliesse Ben Seghir and Wilfried Singo were both dismissed in stoppage time for second bookable offenses.

Why this matters: The victory sees Monaco consolidate their position in second place, moving them closer to securing automatic qualification for next season's Champions League, a competition they have not played in since 2018/19. They are now two points above Brest and eight points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain with six games remaining.

Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Lille strengthened their grip on fourth place and a spot in the Champions League preliminary rounds with a 1-0 win over Strasbourg, thanks to a goal from Canada's Jonathan David. The race for the top three remains tight, with Lille, Monaco, and Brest all competing for the coveted Champions League berths.

Monaco manager Adi Hutter praised his team's performance, particularly their defensive organization against Brest's aerial threat. "We knew they would be dangerous from set pieces, but we defended very well," Hutter said in his post-match press conference. Monaco will now turn their attention to a critical match against fourth-placed Lille on Wednesday, where another win would be a major boost in their Champions League ambitions.

Key Takeaways

  • AS Monaco beat Brest 2-0 to move into 2nd place in Ligue 1 standings.
  • Goals from Zakaria and Minamino secured the win for Monaco.
  • Monaco now 2 points above Brest and 8 behind leaders PSG with 6 games left.
  • Lille beat Strasbourg 1-0 to strengthen their grip on 4th place.
  • Monaco face 4th-placed Lille next in a crucial Champions League qualification clash.