The first round, Tuesday, ended in a draw between the players of the principality and the Dutch.
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Third in Ligue 1, Monaco is condemned to go through the knockout phase of the Champions League. Like the previous season, where the team was eliminated after the play-offs. Before even thinking about this step, ASM faces a formidable opponent in the 3rd preliminary round: PSV Eindhoven. The first leg, Tuesday August 2, confirmed that the battle would be tough for Philippe Clément’s players.
Winner of the Dutch Supercup on Saturday against Ajax Amsterdam (5-3), the Dutch club showed itself well better than Monaco in the first half. Logically, Joey Veerman opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a clear shot outside the box. He waited for the second act for the ASM to wake up. If Takumi Minamino missed a big chance in the 49th minute, Axel Disasi delivered the Louis-II stadium in the 80th. Finally scathing, the Monegasques could even have won in the last minutes, with in particular a header from Youssouf Fofana on the post. The second leg will take place next Tuesday in the Netherlands.