Radamel Falcao was on target as Ligue 1 rivals AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille clashed. The game was expected to be a long drawn battle but Leonardo Jardim and his boys cruised to a very comfortable 6-1 victory.
Falcao bragged a brace, even as Monaco are set to be further depleted with the loss of Kylian Mbappe. Fabinho, who scored the sixth goal, could join the French youngster as they move to archrivals Paris St-Germain before the transfer deadline.
As Mbappe and Fabinho move out, Stevan Jovetic moves in as replacement. Thomas Lemar would likely remain as Monaco rebuff more transfer requests.
Kamil Glik had opened scoring against Marseille as he connected to Lemar’s free kick. The goal came in within a minute to destabilize the opponents. Falcao doubled the scoreline after twenty minutes from the spot. Fabinho was fouled so the skipper stepped up to convert.
The Columbian doubled his personal tally next with a header. Before the first half ended, Adam Diakhaby, who assisted Falcao for his second, scored the fourth after a good run from Rony Lopes.
Glik almost doubled his tally as well but the goal post denied him. Djibril Sidibe reached the ball fastest to score the fifth after the break. Marseille got a consolation as Remy Cabella scored.
Even after Falcao was pulled off, amid a standing ovation, Monaco just wouldn’t stop. In the 79th minute, they got an opportunity. Fabinho scored the goal from the spot to seal the 6-1 rout.
Monaco continue their brilliant start to the new Ligue 1 season as they seek to retain their title. They would face serious competition from a strengthened PSG side that is seeking to reclaim the title they won for four straight years before last term.