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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 free­kick be­fore Ger­main added two more of his own as Monaco put the game to bed be­fore half­time, 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 later. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Paris Saint-Ger­main can also move level on points with Monaco if they win away to Lyon later. “As coach I’m happy, but the merit goes to the play­ers. They un­der­stand, and es­pe­cially the younger ones, that the dif­fer­ence be­tween the big teams and small ones is the in­ten­sity put into matches,” said Por­tuguese coach Jardim, who played down talk of a first ti­tle for the club since 2000.

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