Ir­re­sistible Monaco blow away Mar­seille

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Monaco kept up their out­stand­ing re­cent form as Valere Ger­main scored twice in a 4-0 win over Mar­seille in the Mediter­ranean prin­ci­pal­ity yes­ter­day.

Gabriel Boschilia opened the scor­ing from a free-kick be­fore Ger­main added two more of his own as Monaco put the game to bed be­fore half-time, with sub­sti­tute Guido Car­rillo putting the gloss on the re­sult at the death. The re­sult comes four days af­ter Monaco beat Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2-1 to se­cure qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the last 16 as winners of their Cham­pi­ons League group.

It was a fifth straight win in all com­pe­ti­tions for Monaco and Europe’s most pro­lific side kept up their re­mark­able scor­ing record-they are bang­ing in the goals at an av­er­age of just over three per game in Ligue 1 this sea­son.

Leonardo Jardim’s men go pro­vi­sion­ally top of the table on goal dif­fer­ence from Cote d’Azur ri­vals Nice, who can move back to the sum­mit when they host Bas­tia to­day. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Paris Sain­tGer­main can also move level on points with Monaco if they win away to Lyon on Sun­day evening.

Monaco’s start­ing line-up showed just two changes to the team that had dis­patched Spurs at the same Stade Louis II on Tues­day, with Boschilia and An­drea Raggi com­ing in for Thomas Le­mar and the in­jured Ben­jamin Mendy.

Brazil­ian prospect Boschilia opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first half when he curled a su­perb free-kick on his left foot be­yond the reach of Yo­hann Pele and into the top-right cor­ner of the net for his fourth goal of the sea­son. Ger­main, whose fa­ther Bruno played for Mar­seille two decades ago, dou­bled the home side’s lead when he headed in af­ter a bril­liant Bernardo Silva as­sist. And Ger­main struck again six min­utes from half-time, curl­ing a shot be­yond the reach of Pele af­ter good play down the right by Djib­ril Sidibe.

A shell-shocked Mar­seille, with their new Amer­i­can owner Frank McCourt watch­ing on, had no an­swer and Monaco se­cured their record win over OM when they net­ted again in in­jury time.

Pele stretched to keep out a Ger­main chip, but Argentine striker Car­rillo, who had re­placed Radamel Fal­cao, con­verted the re­bound to make it four.

Mar­seille have won just once, and scored just twice, in five league games un­der new coach Rudi Gar­cia and re­main in mid-table. —AFP

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