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Monaco top Ligue 1 with Lille mauling

AS Monaco now sit atop the Ligue 1 table with ten points from four matches, still unbeaten and clearly the side to watch at this early stage in the season. Jardim’s men were confident, coherent and clinical as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a dismantling of their northern opponents ahead of the beginning of their Champions League campaign away to Tottenham on Wednesday.

It was two LOSC old boys who got the ball rolling for Monaco in the first half, newly capped France right-back Djibril Sidibé curling a free-kick past Vincent Enyeama (2′) before Nabil Dirar skinned LOSC left-back Julian Palmieri and saw his deflected cross swept home by Adama Touré (17′).

Younousse Sankharé carved out LOSC’s best chance of the first term, crashing a stinging snap-shot off the debuting Morgan De Sanctis’ cross-bar (34′), but Monaco star Fabinho showed him how it was done early in the second half, with more fine work from the indefatigable Dirar resulting in the Brazilian’s ballistic volley crashing ion off the underside of the bar form the edge of the area (48′).

LOSC boss Frédéric Antonetti had rung the changes at half-time, bringing on Rio Mavuba and Ryan Mendes for Yassine Benzia and Morgan Amalfitano, but it made little difference as Monaco – for whom Star striker Radamel Falcao made a welcome return to action off the bench (65′) – strengthened their stranglehold on the match when Polish man-mountain Kamil Glik converted João Moutinho’s cross (72′).

Palmieri salvaged something from a rough night with a stunning volleyed strike in the final minute (90′), but he didn’t celebrate and neither did his teammates as they left the pitch 4-1 losers, in 15th place with just four point from four matches so far this season.


Culled from Ligue1.com

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