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Monaco in the driving seat

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2004, 22.53CET
NK Gorica 0-3 AS Monaco FC Mohamed Kallon scores twice on his debut to give the 2003/04 finalists command.

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GoricaMonaco

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target0
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Wednesday 11 August 2004, 22.53CET

Monaco in the driving seat

NK Gorica 0-3 AS Monaco FC Mohamed Kallon scores twice on his debut to give the 2003/04 finalists command.

By Martin Pavcnik at Športni Park

Mohamed Kallon scored twice on his AS Monaco FC debut to put last season's beaten finalists in command of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against Slovenia title-holders NK Gorica.

Early pressure
On a high after shocking FC København last week, Gorica started the game clearly believing that attack was the best form of defence. They stormed forward from the kick-off, launching wave after wave of attack but they simply could not break down Didier Deschamps's resilient defence and failed to trouble goalkeeper Flavio Roma.

Kallon strike
With nine minutes gone, Monaco newcomer Kallon put the visitors ahead with their first attack of the match after latching onto a high through ball. The remainder of the half was played in a similar vein with Monaco sitting back and conserving energy and then looking to break on the counterattack.

Pirih save
It was not until five minutes from time that Gorica finally created an opportunity, but it was well smothered and inevitably led to a Monaco breakaway with Patrice Evra forcing Mitja Pirih to save.

Evra dismissed
The second half started as the first ended but Evra's sending off for a second yellow card on 57 minutes merely made the game a more exaggerated version of what had happened hitherto. Monaco team simply withdrew even further back, but nearly paid for their defensiveness in 68th minute when Jani Šturm found himself one-on-one with Roma. The goalkeeper came to the rescue though.

Chevanton goal
It proved to be the Slovenian side's final chance of the game and the situation got considerably worse for the home side in the closing moments. With 13 minutes remaining, Ernesto Chevantón received a ball on the right and ran towards Pirih before unleashing a powerful drive that grazed the crossbar on the way to the back of the net.

Last-gasp breakaway
Again Monaco sat back, content to have secured victory, but with the final whistle beckoning they were again presented with an opportunity and again demonstrated some deadly finishing as Chavantón found Kallon with a long ball and he slotted his second of the night.

Last updated: 12/08/04 9.39CET

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