Monaco pull three points clear with Nantes rout
AS Monaco put daylight between themselves and nearest chasers Paris Saint-Germain and OGC Nice with a 4-0 win over FC Nantes. Kylian Mbappé (4', 45+1'), Valère Germain (43') and Fabinho (pen. 59') got the goals.
AS Monaco 4-0 FC Nantes
Monaco are the highest-scoring side across Europe's top five leagues this season, and wasted little time in adding to their astonishing tally of 117 goals in all competitions against Nantes at the Stade Louis II. Less than five minutes were on the clock when Mbappé volleyed home Lucas Lima's misdirected clearance (4'). Nantes packed their defence after that early set-back but the hosts poured forward and eventually added a second when Germain controlled well before steering his ninth goal of the campaign past Maxime Dupé (44'). Bernardo Silva's wing trickery had been the source of the opening goal, and he put a delicious cross onto Mbappé's head on the stroke of half-time, with the 18-year-old striker nodding home with little difficulty (45+1').
Thomas Lemar drifted into the Nantes box just inside the hour only to be felled by Koffi Djidji, and Fabinho stepped up to send Dupé the wrong way for 4-0 (59'). Nantes coach Sergio Conceicao shuffled his pack soon after, bringing on attacking duo Yacine Bammou and Jules Iloki for Emiliano Sala and Felipe Pardo (62'), and the pair combined to great effect soon after, with Bammou breaking clear and squaring for Iloki. However, the winger failed to get any power on his shot and Danijel Subasic saved comfortably (63'). Dupé stopped Lemar adding gloss to the scoreline late on (89'), but the 4-0 result was sufficient to lift Monaco three points clear, with a plus-20 superior goal-difference to PSG.
THE PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé
Mbappé continues to impress in what has been a break-through campaign. The 18-year-old made his Ligue 1 debut in December 2015, two weeks shy of his 17th birthday, and has come on leaps and bounds since. Two strikes here bring up his season tally nine goals and five assists in just 822 minutes of football, and if he keeps playing like this full international recognition is surely in the offing.
THE STAT: 83
Monaco have scored 83 goals in Ligue 1 this season, surpassing their previous club record haul of 79 which they secured back in the 1977-78 campaign. The principality side won the third of their seven French top flight titles that year - a point clear of Nantes.