The 21-year-old this season is No. 3 in the Monaco goalkeeper hierarchy behind Frenchman Benjamin Lecomte and Alexandre Noble, loaned to Bayern Munich this summer. Lecomte isn’t ready to play yet, and Nubel has had food poisoning.
Magici joined the squad for one of the most important games of this part of the season. It was not clear that he was too nervous, he showed some interventions, the best of which was in the 80th minute of the match, and he did not commit any fatal error. He confirmed his form from the French Cup matches last season (Monaco only lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the final), gaining experience himself, and the club’s coaches respected his skills and abilities.
The match with Shakhtar will not change anything. It will be difficult for the Pole to advance from third to first place among Monaco goalkeepers. Maybe it will be borrowed somewhere?
The only goal of the match was scored in the 19th minute. Pedriño hit the Monaco box after a short play. The Brazilian Lisbon, bought for £18m from Benfica, missed two stops and found himself alone in front of Magici. And he hit exactly next to the reserve Polish representative who went out of goal. Former football player Legia Warszawa had no chance of successfully defending himself.
Although Monaco took the initiative after conceding a goal, their players failed to capitalize on some clear situations, albeit not 100%. Shakhtar was well organized, and Anatoly Tropin defended well. Ahead of the rematch in Ukraine, Ukraine’s vice-champions have a great chance to play in the Champions League group stage for the fifth time in a row. Monaco last played in the group stage in the 2018/19 season with Kamil Celik on the team.
Monaco – Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 (0-1). Goal: Pedrinho (19.)
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