Lorient striker Terem Moffi converted a first-half penalty to beat Monaco 1-0, leaving the title hopefuls with just one point from their opening two league fixtures and some early catching up to do.

Round two of Ligue 1 Uber Eats kicked off at a sold-out Stade du Moustoir as both sides looked to pick up their first three points of the season after registering draws on the opening weekend

Monaco head coach Niko Kovac, once again heavily rotated his starting line-up, as he nurses his players through a crowded August fixture list.

Comfortable winners on their last three trips to Lorient, Monaco lacked rhythm in the opening exchanges and struggled to get a foothold in the game, showing just glimpses of quality in the final third.

Despite the principality side enjoying the lion’s share of possession, Christophe Pélissier’s side looked dangerous on the counter, with the pace of Armand Laurienté giving Kovac’s side food for thought.

The first meaningful chance of the game fell to Monaco’s Kevin Volland, whose low drive was saved by Lorient shot-stopper Paul Nardi (28′).

That seemed to spark the contest into life and shortly after, Lorient were awarded a penalty when Monaco defender Ismail Jakobs, on his first league start for the club, was penalised for shirt tugging on the dangerous Moffi.

Nigerian international Moffi stepped up himself to fire the Lorient ahead from the spot in front of a visibly frustrated Kovac, opening his account for the season, after notching 14 goals last term.

Monaco’s main threat came from the aerial prowess of defender Strahinja Pavlovic, the young Serb going close twice in quick succession on the hour mark.

Kovac opted to twist in pursuit of an equaliser and introduced Wissam Ben Yedder, Caio Henrique and Aleksandr Golovin to help turn the tide.

Golovin should have done better from 20 yards when his poorly connected low drive bobbled wide.

Pélissier’s well-drilled side held firm, maintaining their shape and restricting the visitors to possession in deep areas of the pitch. Despite some late jitters and only two shots on target all game, Lorient held on for a big three points, sending Monaco to their first reverse of the season.


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