His appearances are rare but striking. Since arriving on the Rock in July 2018, Aleksandr Golovin shines intermittently, often hampered by injuries. Deemed to be physically fragile, the Russian did not escape the infirmary for his third season with the Principality club: he missed 15 games, hampered by his left thigh.
But we must recognize a quality to the playmaker: punctuality. For his comeback to competition in early January, the 24-year-old scored in Lorient a goal ten seconds after coming into play. This Sunday afternoon, in Nîmes, Golovine did not drag, scoring a double during the first 12 minutes of play. Two volleys, one from the left foot (3rd), and a sublime right from a closed angle (12th), both on services from Ballo-Touré, and the case seemed folded.
But Nîmes, red lantern, was torn, first through Deaux (23rd), author of a goal for his 200th match in Ligue 1, then by Ferhat (32nd). At the half-hour mark, the Monaco advance was swallowed up. Not content with having already scored the match, the leader with the peroxidized cup turned into a passer, for Sofiane Diop, but his teammate came up against Reynet (42nd). The midfielder has therefore taken things in hand, in two stages: first on a direct free kick for his first treble in Ligue 1, then on an assist for Volland (78th).
Involved in the four goals of his team, the “tsar” could only admire, as a connoisseur, the reduction of the gap, on a direct free kick, from Nîmois Eliasson (81st). Replaced at the end of the match (88th), Golovin, all smiles, allows his team to string together a seventh consecutive victory in Ligue 1. Niko Kovac, the Monegasque coach, is in admiration: “Golovin is a fantastic player. He is a world class player. He has an exceptional ball strike. He is the man of the match! “
The Principality’s club, undefeated for nine games, is at the foot of the podium (4th), ten units ahead of Rennes, 5th. With 48 points, Niko Kovac’s men come back to PSG before the clasico and sink Nîmes, last.
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