Monaco claim 3-0 win over Caen in French league

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An­thony Mar­tial scored his sixth goal in as many games and Bernardo Silva bagged a brace as Monaco moved within four points of the lead­ers with a 3- 0 win at Caen in the French League on Fri­day.

Fol­low­ing two con­sec­u­tives draws, Monaco re­gained its at­tack­ing flair ahead of next week’s trip to Ju­ven­tus in the first leg of the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nals.

Monaco, which boasts the league’s best away record hav­ing won seven of its last eight games on the road, pro­vi­sion­ally took third place ahead of Mar­seille’s match at Bordeaux on Sun­day. Paris Saint-Ger­main leads sec­ond-place Lyon by one point, with Monaco three points fur­ther back.

Mar­tial put the vis­i­tors ahead in the 29th minute, fin­ish­ing off a well-worked attack, to slot home af­ter Yan­nick Fer­reira-Car­rasco’s back pass in the area.

Silva dou­bled Monaco’s lead in the 64th minute with a su­perb goal. The Por­tuguese mid­fielder beat de­fender Ni­co­las Seube with a nut­meg be­fore shoot­ing through the legs of mid­fielder N’golo Kante that left ’keeper Remy Ver­coutre stranded.

Silva sealed his team’s win six min­utes from time on the coun­ter­at­tack af­ter be­ing fed by Mar­tial.

Caen strug­gled to cre­ate and had its best chance in the 77th minute when Emil­iano Sala missed from close range.

The only blow for Monaco was the loss of stal­wart mid­fielder Jeremy Toulalan’s in the 49th af­ter he picked up a left thigh in­jury that leaves him a doubt for the Ju­ven­tus game.

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