Player Ratings: Monaco 3-4 Bordeaux

In this evening's frantic match between Monaco and Bordeaux, there were surprisingly few heroes given the nature of the game. Here's how Goal.com rates the 28 players who were involved.
AS MONACO

Stéphane Ruffier 5.5: Had little chance with the goals and performed his other tasks well. Made a particularly noteworthy save from a Gourcuff free-kick.

Cédric Mongongu 5: Coped easily with the threat of the disappointing Gourcuff in the first half and shadowed the Bordeaux play-maker well in the second period when he drifted into his region.

Vincent Muratori 5: The left-sided defender was making a rare start and did well for himself; rarely looked flustered from open play as Bordeaux’s greatest threat came through the middle.

Nicolas Nkoulou 4:
Comfortable for much of the game, the Monaco defence imploded in the closing stages. Having never played as a unit before it was always likely to be tough but more was expected of the central defensive pairing.

Dario Simić 4: When Monaco most needed his experience, he failed to shine. Too easily beaten for the final goal and also lost Chamakh for Bordeaux’s crucial first.

Jean-Jacques Gosso 5: An up-tempo first half display from the Monaco midfield constantly disrupted Bordeaux’s flow and Gosso was a big part in this. Not nearly so effective in the second period.

Sani Kaita 5: Overall, a quiet showing from Kaita, who was making a rare first team start. Like Gosso, he was impressive defensively.

Camel Meriem 5: A handful of decent incursions forward, the left-sided player was asked to play a role on the right. An excellent first half break nearly yielded a goal for Licata.

Yohann Mollo 4.5: Was busy in the first half but his influence faded a little in the second. Rarely looked likely to make a telling contribution to the match.

Juan-Pablo Pino 7: At the centre of virtually all of Monaco’s attacks. Scored a free-kick (although whether he intended to is doubtful) while he also set up Licata’s goals.

Alexandre Licata 7: Although his overall contribution to game was not constantly massive, Ricardo could not argue with his two-goal forward, who did exactly what he was on the field to do – score.

Substitutes

Diego Perez 4.5: Was on the field to shore up the midfield but by this stage Monaco were fighting a losing battle.

Freddy Adu 4: Panicked and conceded a needless corner, for which Bordeaux equalised.

Frédéric Nimani n/a: No time to make an impression

GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX


Ulrich Ramé 3.5: Entirely culpable for the first goal, which set Bordeaux back massively, and at least partly culpable for the second. Not a good evening for the veteran goalkeeper.

Mathieu Chalmé 4: A terrible first half performance from the right-back, whose positioning was weak. In addition, an ill though-out clearance led to Monaco’s second goal – the gravest of his numerous errors.

Franck Jurietti 5: Probably the only Bordeaux defender to come out of the game with pass marks. Was not spectacular but at least shackled his opposite number.

Souleymane Diawara 4: Has been a solid presence in the centre of Bordeaux’s defence this season but it seemed that he and Planus had left on their Christmas holidays 90 minutes early. Not impressive.

Marc Planus 4: Like his partner, this was a rare off-day for the usually reliable Planus. Huge holes were pierced in the Bordeaux rearguard every time Monaco pressed on.

Alou Diarra 5: Not a great performance from the usually hyper-reliable central midfielder but a stunning strike brought Bordeaux renewed hope just as it appeared to be fading.

Fernando 4: Another let down in the Bordeaux side. The difficult pitch made it difficult for the Brazilian to play his usual game and, as a result, he became frustrated and remained ineffectual. Replaced at half time.

Abdou Traoré 3.5:
Stationed on the left and managed only the first 45 minutes. Certainly not a match the youngster will look back on fondly as he repeatedly gave possession away in a variety of bizarre manners.

Yoann Gourcuff 5: Not an impressive showing by any means from Gourcuff yet he still managed to get two assists. His overall contribution really needed to be greater but two superb crosses were key to les Girondins’ recovery.

Fernando Cavenaghi 5:
On the field for the sole purpose of scoring goals. Cavenaghi did nothing of note until the final minute when he popped up with a typically predatory finish to snatch two additional points for his side.

David Bellion 4.5:
Started brightly but quickly faded to the level of his team-mates. The former Manchester United man was all but anonymous in the second half.

Substitutes


Marouane Chamakh 7.5: Scored two terrific headers and, with Gourcuff’s aid, turned the game on its head.

Jussie 5: Was introduced at half time and added extra impetus to Bordeaux going forward.

Yoan Gouffran 5:
Came on with 15 minutes to go and caused Monaco problems by adding an additional attacking threat to the side.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com