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Cercle narrowly lose to AS Monaco after an entertaining match

At AS Monaco's Performance Center, Cercle Brugge played a friendly against AS Monaco on Saturday morning. At a sunny La Turbie, Cercle lost 1-0 as our old acquaintance Anthony Musaba scored the only goal of the game.

Cercle had been in Monaco since Friday and also trained there in the evening. On Saturday morning at 10:00 am, the traditional friendly between the two teams was on the program in the run-up to the new season. While both teams had their photo taken with each other just before the game, the start of the match was also promising. Both teams immediately put a lot of intensity in their play, but apart from a shot by Golovin for Monaco and a chance for Deman and Cercle, things remained scoreless.

So we had to wait for the first real chance of the match and it came immediately thereafter; Anthony Musaba, who was at Cercle two seasons ago, was clever on the ball, dribbling freely before putting his shot past Thomas Didillon in goal. It was 1-0 for Monaco, which was also the halftime score.

At the start of the second half, both teams applied a lot of energy on the pitch. Cercle immediately attacked and pressed Monaco back into their own half. While shots from Couto and Torres went over, Ackx and Sampers were just too late to tap the ball in. Fifteen minutes before the full time, Cercle had a chance for an equalizer, but Couto's header was parried by Majecki. Things weren't exactly going well for the Groen-Zwart, were they? Cercle had the ball in the net moments later via Ravych, but his goal was disallowed due to offside by Magassa, and the score remained 1-0 in this well-played match.

Cercle will return home on Saturday afternoon, with the players and staff being off on Sunday before training resumes Monday.

AS Monaco: Nübel (Majecki 46') - Vanderson (Aguilar 46'), Maripan (Okou 46'), Disasi (Marcelin 46'), Caio Henrique (Jakobs 46') - Fofana (Pele 46'), Lemarechal (Tiago Ribeiro 46') - Musaba (Efekele 46'), Golovin (Jean Lucas 46'), Gelson Martins (Geubbels 46') - Volland (Ayiah 46')

Cercle Brugge first half: Didillon, Sousa, Daland, Utkus, Denkey, Hotic, Maden, Vanhoutte, Miangue, Da Silva Lopes & Deman.

Cercle Brugge second half: Warleson, Ravych, Cassaert, Couto*, Torres, Van Der Bruggen, Magassa*, Martlé, Ackx, Decarpentrie & Sampers.

Goals: 17' Musaba (1-0)

*Couto and Magassa are players from AS Monaco's reserves who played with Cercle during the match.

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