A few days before their official resumption of competition, in the Champions League for the preliminary round against PSV Eindhoven, the Monegasques faced FC Porto for their sixth preparation match. The opportunity for Philippe Clément and his family to fine-tune the final settings and integrate the new recruits (Takumi Minamino, Breel Embolo and Thomas Didillon) into the workforce.
The residents of Dragão won in front of their public (2-1). Everything was decided in the second half: the Iranian Mehdi Taremi unlocked the mark after the hour mark (67th) before the break goal scored by Galeno, entered three minutes earlier (71st). The referee, using the VAR, then refused David Carmo’s third portista goal for a hand at the start of the action (82nd). The penalty transformed by captain Wissam Ben Yedder did not change the fate of the meeting (90th). A lackluster performance before facing PSV Eindhoven to hope for qualification in the Champions League.