Fal­cao scores hat-trick for ram­pant Monaco

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Radamel Fal­cao net­ted a hat-trick as Monaco crushed 10-man Bordeaux 4-0 to go pro­vi­sion­ally top of the Ligue 1 ta­ble on Saturday. Djib­ril Sidibe got the opener and Fal­cao found the net in for­tu­nate fash­ion to dou­ble the prin­ci­pal­ity club’s lead in­side five min­utes at the Mat­mut At­lan­tique.

Fal­cao added two more goals in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing one from the penalty spot, while Bordeaux ended a wretched evening a man down af­ter the send­ing-off of Adam Ou­nas. Europe’s top scor­ers, Monaco have now scored 53 goals in just 17 league games, only four fewer than they man­aged in the whole of last sea­son.

As a re­sult they are now top of the ta­ble, above Cote d’Azur ri­vals Nice on goal dif­fer­ence, with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Paris Saint-Ger­main four points back in third po­si­tion. PSG, who have run away with the ti­tle in re­cent sea­sons, are at home to Nice in a huge game later at the Parc des Princes. “It was a great evening,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.

“This year I think the league is more evenly bal­anced. Monaco are bet­ter, Nice too and I think Lyon are also go­ing to come back. It’s much more com­pet­i­tive and that is good for France.

“Our at­tack­ers have more qual­ity and are mak­ing the dif­fer­ence. Our aim is just to keep pro­gress­ing, that is the men­tal­ity.” Monaco have of­ten strug­gled in Bordeaux down the years but they stunned their hosts by open­ing the scor­ing in­side 80 sec­onds as Bernardo Silva set up France full­back Sidibe to find the net with a low fin­ish across goal­keeper Jerome Prior.

It was 2-0 soon af­ter when Prior tried to palm out a low cross from Valere Ger­main but the ball ric­o­cheted off Fal­cao and into the net. Any hopes Bordeaux har­boured of a come­back in the sec­ond half were nipped in the bud as Monaco made it 3-0 on the break­away in the 50th minute.

Thomas Le­mar’s long ball found Ger­main and he squared for Fal­cao, who took a touch be­fore stab­bing home.

The Colom­bian was handed the chance to com­plete his hat-trick from the penalty spot just af­ter the hour mark when Ni­co­las Pal­lois petu­lantly threw Silva to the ground in­side the box.—

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