Fal­cao header fires Monaco top

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A TOW­ER­ING Radamel Fal­cao (car­i­ca­ture) header helped send Monaco top in France yes­ter­day as a 3-0 home win over Rennes saw them leapfrog Paris Saint Ger­main.

The win means Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco have 13 points from five games ahead of PSG on 10, while Nice can join Monaco at the top with a win at Mont­pel­lier.

This was Monaco’s sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win and fol­lows a slick 2-1 tri­umph over Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week.

“The favourite to win the ti­tle, which will be a long haul, is Paris,” warned Jardim.

“Nice, Lyon and Mar­seille have also in­vested in their teams, but we are a bet­ter side this sea­son, more ex­pe­ri­enced and or­gan­ised,” said the Por­tuguese coach whose side came third last year.

Fal­cao’s ca­reer has hit the buf­fers since quit­ting Atletico Madrid saw him en­dure un­suc­cess­ful in­jury-blighted loan stints at Manch­ester United and Chelsea.

But yes­ter­day, the 30-year-old Colom­bian leapt high at the back post and pow­ered in a header in the 42nd minute to score his first goal for Monaco since Au­gust 2014 – 755 days ago.

Rennes, who had made the long jour­ney from Brit­tany, rarely had the south coast side in trou­ble and lost con­cen­tra­tion as the slightly built 20-yearold Thomas Le­mar scored twice at the end of the game.

His first was a far post tap-in set up by Bernardo Silva and the sec­ond a lob which left Rennes keeper Benoit Cos­til watch­ing the ball drop behind him into the net.

Rennes cap­tain Pe­dro Mendes saluted the win­ners. “That is one very good side and we won’t be the only ones to suf­fer here,” he said.

On Fri­day, Uruguayan striker Edin­son Ca­vani banged four goals past Caen in a 6-0 win for PSG.

Lu­cas Moura and Jean-Kevin Au­gustin added the other two goals af­ter the break as PSG ended a run of three games with­out a win in all com­pe­ti­tions. – AFP

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