Fal­cao nets again as Monaco go top of Ligue 1

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Radamel Fal­cao con­tin­ued his fine run of form in front of goal as Monaco beat Lori­ent 3-0 yes­ter­day to go top of Ligue 1 on goal dif­fer­ence.

The Colom­bian striker en­dured a mis­er­able two-year spell in England be­fore this sea­son, but he ap­pears to be get­ting some­where close to his best and scored for the fifth time in seven league ap­pear­ances as Monaco went to the top of the pile.

Lori­ent man­aged to keep Monaco at bay for over an hour, but Fal­cao's 63rd-minute in­tro­duc­tion proved de­ci­sive, as he steered an ef­fort into the net just af­ter re­plac­ing Kylian Mbappe Lot­tin.

Monaco did not have to wait long for a sec­ond, Thomas Le­mar coolly stroking home a fine 25-yard free-kick as if un­der no pres­sure in the 67th minute.

And they wrapped things up in the 90th minute through Gabriel Boschilia's de­flected free-kick to help put Monaco top on 29 points, ahead of Nice on goal dif­fer­ence, with this sea­son's sur­prise pack­age trav­el­ling to Saint-Eti­enne on Sun­day.

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