Folarin Balogun’s highly anticipated debut for AS Monaco turned into a nightmarish ordeal as he missed not one but two penalty kicks during a 0-1 defeat against their rivals, OGC Nice.
The young striker’s misfortunes on the pitch overshadowed what should have been a memorable day for him as he made his first start for the club.
Balogun, who had previously found the net in Monaco’s last match, a 2-2 draw against Lorient, and had also made a cameo appearance in a 3-0 win against Lens earlier in the month, was handed the responsibility of leading the attack. However, it quickly became apparent that this was not going to be an ordinary match for the 21-year-old forward.
The first penalty miss occurred early in the game, setting the tone for the evening. Folarin Balogun stepped up confidently but failed to find the back of the net, much to the disappointment of his teammates and the Monaco supporters. The second penalty miss, which was equally agonizing, came later in the match, further compounding Balogun’s misery.
Despite his struggles, Monaco had opportunities to secure the victory, but the team was unable to capitalize on several goal-scoring chances throughout the match. As if Balogun’s evening couldn’t get any worse, OGC Nice managed to steal all three points with a 91st-minute goal from Jeremie Boga, securing a 1-0 win and leaving Monaco empty-handed.
Balogun’s disastrous debut will undoubtedly be a day to forget for the young striker, as he struggled to make a positive impact on his new club. It was a stark contrast to his previous appearances, where he had shown promise and contributed to the team’s performance.
In the aftermath of this challenging debut, Balogun and Monaco will need to regroup and refocus as they continue their campaign in Ligue 1. The pressure will be on the young striker to bounce back from this setback and prove his worth to the club and its supporters in the matches ahead.
As for Monaco, they will be left ruing the missed opportunities and the unfortunate turn of events in a match that could have had a different outcome had Balogun converted the penalties. The team will need to work on their finishing and composure in front of goal as they look to climb the Ligue 1 standings in the coming weeks.