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AS Monaco missed Niko Kovac in the Champions League. Against Shakhtar Donetsk, usury and a special goal cost Monaco’s entry into the First Division.
Von Julian Meiser (and others) Bella Chaney (BC)
Kharkiv. Murir qualified in the Champions League for Kevin Volland (29), Alexander Noble (24) and Ismail Jacobs (22). The German trio narrowly missed qualifying for the first division with Monaco from coach Niko Kovac (49) after an own goal in extra time.
Against Shakhtar Donetsk, Monegas started strong after the 1-0 defeat in the first leg and had a 2-0 lead in the first half. But because Monaco missed a number of big chances and cut Donetsk short, they moved 2-1 into extra time. There is a crooked goal in his own net to make the Ukrainians 2-2 and thus in the first division.
No Champions League for Nobel, Voland and Jacobs with Monaco
While goalkeeper Noble and national striker Volland played the full distance, only Cologne-born Ismail Jacobs was used in the final minutes. Nobile, who was loaned by Monaco from Bayern Munich, did not have a chance to concede both goals.
Voland inadvertently prepared the important 1-0, but missed a massive 3-1 opportunity in stoppage time from original time, thus leaving the goal for the Champions League.
Things went even better before 1-0: the former Leverkusen player pulled out from an acute angle in the 18th minute, the Ukrainian goalkeeper making a save at the start. The ball fell at the feet of Wissam Ben Yedder. The French had little trouble getting the ball into the goal from there.
Monaco misses good chances and misses the preliminary decision
In the 39th minute, Ben Yedder scored again, but he missed several good chances in the rest of the season. Less than a quarter of an hour before the end, the Ukrainians reported a reply: Marlos scored a 1:2 draw. Due to the abolition of the away goal rule, this result went into overtime. It got weird there.
In the 114th minute, Mikhailo Modric (20) led the ball, in fact he wanted to play in the penalty area of Monaco. But Robin Aguilar (28) got in the way and unfortunately faked the ball and drove it with an arc lamp just over the sudden Nobile into the net. Kovac stopped all he could and brought in Jacobs in the last few minutes, but last year’s third place in Ligue 1 is no longer dangerous.
Due to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, Shakhtar does not play its home matches in Donetsk, but at different stadiums in Ukraine. Today’s match against Monaco took place at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.
As usual in previous years, coach Roberto de Zerbe’s team (42) will now return to the group stage of the Champions League. The preliminary draw will be held on Thursday, August 26.