It was a strange night at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. Following crowd trouble on the last day of Monaco's Ligue 2 season when they hosted Le Mans, the club had been ordered to play this Ligue 1 match against Toulouse behind closed doors.

The lack of any crowd noise meant that you could hear the frustrated cries coming from Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri as the game neared a close. Monaco had 21 shots to the away side's three, yet they couldn't find a way through.

Radamel Falcao played the full 90 minutes, but was disappointing and never looked like scoring for a third successive match.

More promising was Emmanuel Riviere, Falcao's strike partner who was bought from Toulouse for just €4 million in January. Riviere had a couple of shots in the first half - one went wide past the post, while the other forced a decent stop from Ali Ahamada in the Toulouse goal.

Belgium's Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco then wasted a chance as the ball fell to his feet when Ahamada parried a cross straight into his path, but the winger fired over.

The teams went into half-time still level and that was how the match was to finish.

Few opportunities were created in the second half, with Monaco doing little more than hitting a couple of poor free-kicks.

The closest we came to seeing a goal was in the 87th minute when Monaco's Jeremy Toulalan fired a screamer from 30 yards that rattled the crossbar.

That shot summed up Monaco's poor night. Ranieri was probably cursing after that miss. And you would likely have heard him in the silence of the Stade Louis II...

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