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French Recap: Balogun Gets Goal Called Back in Monaco Win

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Folarin Balogun had a goal ruled out, but it didn’t matter as Monaco returned to winning ways as they blanked Brest.

Monaco 2-0 Brest

After last weekend’s stinker of a game, Monaco bounced back to secure a clean sheet and three points on Brest at Stade Louis II.

Folarin Balogun kept his place in the starting eleven and played 81 minutes, completing 67 percent of his passes, winning four duels, and taking one shot.

The visitors thought they had opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jeremy Le Douaran struck, but the video assistant referee ruled it out after they spotted a foul on Balogun beforehand. However, the Red and Whites would break the scoreless deadlock after 16 minutes when Denis Zakaria rose up to head in Alexandre Golovin’s corner kick.

Monaco appeared to have doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Golovin sent the ball upfield to Maghnes Akliouche who then headed it into the path of the American forward to chip it over the goalkeeper. He was off to the corner flag to celebrate, but the referee called it back as Balogun was ruled offside by his cleat.

The hosts ensured the win in the 69th minute when Balogun played the ball to Youssouf Fofana who drove hard into the 18-yard box before crossing it to Golovin to bury in the back of the net.

The win leaves Monaco in third place in the standings with 23 points, two behind their rivals Nice.


Emmanuel Sabbi played 18 minutes as Le Havre made a dramatic comeback to record a 2-1 win over Toulouse.

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Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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