Falcao, Carrillo fire Monaco through to quarters

Coupe de la Ligue

Radamel Falcao came off the bench to stitch up a 2-0 win over SM Caen in the Coupe de la Ligue's Round of 16, the Colombian building on Guido Carrillo's third goal in two matches in all competitions to help his side into the quarters.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Coupe de la Ligue, Round of 16

Stade Louis II, Monaco

 AS Monaco 2 - 0 SM Caen


Losing finalists against Paris Saint-Germain last season, AS Monaco took a step towards their goal of going one better this season as they booked a quarters berth at the expense of SM Caen - their second Coupe de la Ligue win over the Normandy side in as many seasons.

In-form centre-forward Guido Carrillo, who bagged a brace in Monaco's come-from-behind 3-2 win in Troyes at the weekend, got the ball rolling for the home side just after the half-hour mark.

Lopes on song

Rony Lopes, one of Monaco's best on the night, took advantage of a moment of indecision in the Caen defence - where Damian Da Silva had just come on for the injured Ismaël Diomandé - and pounced on a loose pass before picking out Carrillo to do what he does best (34').

Leonardo Jardim's men may not have been at their inspired best, but they largely dominated proceedings against a Caen side who struggled to find their cutting edge, and ran out 2-0 winners after Falcao - subbed on for Carrillo - stitched up the result with a 40-metre lob that left a stranded Brice Samba no chance (85').

THE PLAYER: Guido Carrillo

Falcao's cameo off the bench yielded few surprises: El Tigre is class act who can conjure something out of nothing, as his superb goal showed, but Carrillo's performance was also extremely promising. After coming on at half-time in Troyes and scoring two goals to spark a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Saturday, the Argentine striker made the most of being handed a rare start - just his third of the season in all competitions - and did everything to suggest that he could well step out of Falcao's shadow as the season progresses.  


This defeat to Monaco is SM Caen's third in as many outings in all competitions. The Normandy side are doing it tough right now, with their only win in their last seven matches coming 1-0 over Bordeaux in Week 14.

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