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Bullish Monaco brush past Gorica

Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 0.59CET
AS Monaco FC 6-0 NK Gorica (agg: 9-0) The 2004 finalists progress to the group stage in style.

Match statistics

MonacoGorica

Goals scored6
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts6
 
0
on target6
 
0
off target0
 
0
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed0
 
0
Fouls suffered0
 
0
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 0.59CET

Bullish Monaco brush past Gorica

AS Monaco FC 6-0 NK Gorica (agg: 9-0) The 2004 finalists progress to the group stage in style.

By Simon Hart at Stade Louis II

Beaten finalists last season, AS Monaco FC will take their place in Thursday's draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage here in the principality after completing a resounding 9-0 aggregate victory against NK Gorica.

Resounding success
Gorica may have won 5-0 at Danish champions FC København in the previous round but they managed just one shot on target all night and once in front through Ernesto Chevantón's 18th-minute opener, the only question was how many goals Monaco would win by.

New-look lineup
If the presence in tonight's starting lineup of just two names from the side who began Monaco's last Champions League home game - the semi-final against Chelsea FC - underlined quite how Didier Deschamps' squad was stripped of its star names during the summer, the performances of their replacements offers hope for the campaign ahead.

Chevantón chance
It was the busy Uruguayan striker Chevantón who impressed in the early stages. He struck 19 goals in Serie A last season for US Lecce and could have scored as early as the sixth minute when put clean through by another new boy, Mohamed Kallon, only for Mitja Pirih to save at his feet.

Cool finish
Chevantón made no mistake with his second chance. He fed Kallon on the edge of the box and although Kallon's touch looked to have carried him clear of Gorica's backline, Chevantón had continued running and pounced on the loose ball ahead of his colleague to drill a shot past Pirih.

Bernardi boost
More chances came. Chevantón and Kallon both missed when clean through but in between, on 32 minutes, Lucas Bernardi made it two. The raw but promising Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, was the supplier, cutting the ball back to Bernadi whose first-time shot flew in from the edge of the box.

Suler sent off
Gorica's problems increased on 40 minutes when Marko Suler was sent off after collecting a second yellow card and, within two minutes, Monaco had scored again. From a long throw into the box, Kallon had a shot blocked by Pirih and Hassan El Fakiri bundled in the loose ball.

Adebayor reward
The second half began with another goal, Kallon meeting Adebayor's ball across the box to drill in Monaco's fourth. With the hosts in complete control, the tempo dropped but the Slovenian champions' suffering was not quite over and substitute Pontus Farnerud added a fifth goal after 66 minutes, a close-range finish from Adebayor's cross. Adebayor himself completed the rout, winning and subsequently converting a late penalty, a goal the youngster's efforts richly deserved.

Last updated: 25/08/04 11.16CET

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Lineups

monaco

Monaco

gorica

Gorica

30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
22
PirihMitja Pirih (GK)
4
ModestoFrançois Modesto
3
PušAleš Puš
5
PérezDiego Pérez
6
SrebrničMiran Srebrnič (C)
7
BernardiLucas Bernardi
Goal32
Substitution57
7
RaničSaša Ranič
8
KallonMohamed Kallon
Goal47
11
ŠabecJaka Šabec
Yellow Card35
10
ChevantónErnesto Chevantón
Goal18
Substitution57
19
KokotAleš Kokot
13
MaiconMaicon
20
ŠturmJani Šturm
Substitution46
19
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
Substitution46
23
ŽivecSimon Živec
24
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Goal84
25
ŠulerMarko Šuler
Red/Yellow Card40
32
GivetGaël Givet (C)
26
KomacAndrej Komac
Substitution61
35
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
Yellow Card14
Goal42
27
RodičAleksandar Rodič
Substitution75

Substitutes

1
AudardFabien Audard (GK)
12
SimčičVasja Simčič (GK)
12
OshadoganJosef Oshadogan
Substitution57
2
NikolićDragoljub Nikolić
Substitution46
21
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
Substitution46
Goal66
10
KršićAdmir Kršić
Substitution75
25
CamaraSouleymane Camara
Substitution57
14
PaničSaša Panič
Substitution61
14
LacombeGrégory Lacombe
9
UršicMiha Uršic
15
ZikosAkis Zikos
15
BlaškoDanijel Blaško
17
JuanJimmy Juan
17
BurgičMiran Burgič

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Pavel Pinni (SVN)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution