Monaco mash Rennes
By D. Crossan
Teen sensation Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick as Monaco maintained their free-scoring form, brushing aside Rennes 7-0 to make the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue.
It was an unfortunate night for Paul Nardi, who made his first Rennes appearance against his parent club and shipped goals as Leonardo Jardim's remodelled side were rampant.
Mbappé scored his first in the seventh minute, coolly slotting the ball past Nardi after good service from Gabriel Boschilia. Ten minutes later Monaco made Rennes pay for losing the ball as Nabil Dirar's cut-back deflected off Sylvain Armand and fell for Mbappé to finish.
Boschilia, Monaco's free-kick specialist, was another to make the most of a rare start and the Brazilian scored from open play in the 35th minute, playing a glorious one-two with Dirar and finishing confidently.
Mbappé completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute with a back-post finish, Joao Moutinho the provider this time. Boschilia added his second inside the final 15 minutes as the floodgates refused to shut. Again the player loaned to Standard Liège last term opted for a one-two, with Corentin Jean on this occasion, before breaching Nardi's defences.
Substitute Jean got in on the act seven minutes from time as he got in behind Armand and beat Nardi with an unstoppable low finish for his first Monaco goal. A minute later Rennes' Dimitri Cavaré put through his own net when attempting to deal with a Mbappé effort. That just about summed the night up for Christian Gourcuff's charges.
THE PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé
A star of France's UEFA EURO Under-19 success in the summer, the 17-year-old's appearances have been limited at club level this season by concussion and the form of others. When he has played he has produced the goods and took home the match ball to celebrate the first hat-trick of his senior career.
THE STAT: 33
Monaco have plundered a remarkable 33 goals in their last seven home games in all competitions.