Mbappe fires Monaco clear at top

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Kylian Mbappe de­liv­ered an­other cru­cial goal for Monaco as the Ligue 1 lead­ers fought back to de­feat Toulouse 3-1 on Satur­day and move three points clear at the top.

Ola Toivo­nen struck im­me­di­ately af­ter half time as Toulouse threat­ened to de­rail Monaco’s ti­tle hopes at the Stade Louis II, but Kamil Glik equalised for the home side on 49 min­utes.

Mbappe then struck his 14th league goal of a re­mark­able break­through sea­son to fire Monaco ahead just past the hour be­fore Thomas Le­mar sealed an eighth vic­tory in a row.

“We’ve just beaten the club points record in Ligue 1, that’s sig­nif­i­cant,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, as his team climbed up to 83 points, sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 80 from 2013-14.

“In the fu­ture per­haps we’ll talk about the 2016-17 team, but for me the most im­por­tant thing is the next match.

“We’ve done some great things al­ready, but we’re go­ing to keep on work­ing to go fur­ther.”

The prin­ci­pal­ity out­fit will now turn their at­ten­tion to Europe as Monaco pre­pare to wel­come Ju­ven­tus in the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal on Wed­nes­day.

“This match (against Toulouse) was very im­por­tant. It was no less im­por­tant than the match against Juve. I wouldn’t ex­change this vic­tory for a win against Juve,” added Jardim. AFP

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