Statattack Week 31: Monaco rain on PSG parade
AS Monaco's breaking freshly crowned Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain's unbeaten home run; Rennes' Ousmane Dembélé is still among the goals; and Lyon's Gaëtan Perrin made a splash against Nantes.
With their sights firmly set on finishing in second, AS Monaco went to the Parc des Princes in Week 31 and claimed their 17th Ligue 1 win at Paris Saint-Germain's stadium - a winning record in the capital that no other Ligue 1 club have equalled. The win was all the more important as it came following victories for Monaco's closest rivals OGC Nice, Olympique Lyonnais and Stade Rennais FC.
The match saw highly rated young midfielder Thomas Lemar provide his third assist of the season. Lemar has also scored five goals this season, making him the principality club's most decisive player in Ligue 1 in the current campaign.
Recently signed Brazilian striker Vagner Love scored his fourth goal in six matches at the Parc, proving that he is no slouch at acclimatising to new environments. Meanwhile Fabinho scored his fifth Ligue 1 penalty of the season, going level with league-leading penalty takers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Benjamin Moukandjo.
The best performances
15th: By scoring the opener in Olympique Lyonnais' late 2-0 win over Stade Rennais, youngster Gaëtan Perrin became the 15th OL player to score at least one goal this season.
46: OGC Nice's 3-0 win over GFC Ajaccio saw the league's third-placed side take their Ligue 1 season goal tally to 46 - their second-highest tally since their return to the top flight in season 2002-03 (57 goals in season 2012-13).
14th: SM Caen's 2-1 win over ESTAC Troyes was the Normandy side's 14th Ligue 1 win of the season, the club's second-highest such total in the country's top flight (17 wins in season 1991-92).
17: Large 5-1 winners over FC Lorient, Angers SCO (34 goals) have already scored as many goals in the second half of the season as they did in the entire 19 matches before the winter break.
56%: AS Saint-Etienne, who got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Montpellier, have scored 20 of their 36 Ligue 1 goals this season after the hour-mark.
5: In setting up Axel Ngando for the equaliser in the 1-1 draw in Bordeaux on Sunday, SC Bastia's Gaël Danic took his Ligue 1 assist tally for the season to a club-topping five. Last season, he topped the club's assist chart with four.
After bagging a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Nantes in Week 29, Stade Rennais' teenage sensation took his Ligue 1 season goal tally into double figures when he scored his tenth of the campaign in Friday night's 5-2 drubbing of Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome. It was his eighth Ligue 1 strike since the turn of the year.
Dembélé is the first Stade Rennais player to score ten goals in a single Ligue 1 campaign since the attacking trio of Julien Féret (11 goals), Mevlut Erding (ten goals) and Romain Alessandrini (ten goals) all did so in season 2012-13.
Dembélé is well on his way to being a prolific goal-scorer, and the 18-year-old is also working on efficiency, having converted five - or 50% - of his last ten on-target shots into goals. He also likes to strike early, with seven of his ten Ligue 1 goals - including the last four - scored in the first half.