Mbappé and Moutinho help Monaco move clear
By D. Crossan
Kylian Mbappé scored his 10th of the league season and Joao Moutinho scored a wonderful second as Ligue 1 leaders Monaco won 2-1 at home to Girondins de Bordeaux.
Monaco set themselves up for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Manchester City at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday with a sixth straight home win that took them four points ahead of Nice and six clear of champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are at Lorient on Sunday evening.
Bordeaux's defensive gameplan worked superbly until Mbappé fired Monaco in front and Moutinho looked to have wrapped the game up with his lovely finish, only for a series of mistakes to gift Diego Rolan a goal back to set up a suspenseful finish. Bordeaux's second loss in 11 in Ligue 1 left them sixth in the table, two points back from Olympique de Marseille.
Sitting deep and stopping Monaco from playing, Bordeaux held out comfortably before the break and only Jemerson with a shot lacking power and Thomas Lemar with a stinger from range managed to threaten Cédric Carrasso's goal.
In the second half Monaco came out with greater purpose and Mbappé had a header clered off the line by Milan Gajic. The principality club began to find some more space out wide too and Valère Germain went close to connecting with a couple of centres.
Radamel Falcao returned from a groin injury off the bench and set up Mbappé's 68th-minute goal after a corner. Falcao headed upwards then met the ball, rolling it through Younousse Sankharé's legs, and Mbappé focused on finding the target to maintain his incredible scoring form.
Moutinho added a great second six minutes later, curling the ball first-time into the top corner after Bernardo Silva rolled the ball his way. Rolan then couldn't believe his luck in the 84th minute when Danijel Subasic kicked the ball into him and it ricocheted back the Uruguayan's way for him to roll in his sixth of the season into the empty net.
THE PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé
Mbappé, at just 18 years and two months, now has double figures for the Ligue 1 season. The wonderkid has scored an incredible seven league goals in his last four starts.
THE STAT: 11
This was Monaco's first home win over Bordeaux since August 2003 when a Shabani Nonda double was enough for a 2-0 success.