France Ligue: Mbappe sparks Monaco as Man City loom

Posted on Mar 12 2017 - 7:40pm by admin

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during their match against Bordeaux (GB) on March 11, 2017 in Monaco

Monaco is looking to overturn a 5-3 first-leg deficit after they host Manchester metropolis of their Champions League.

Teen prodigy Kylian Mbappe scored his 10th league goal of the marketing campaign as Monaco beat Bordeaux 2-1 on Saturday to cement their situation at the top of Ligue 1.

Mbappe opened the scoring midway during the 2nd 1/2 on the Stade Louis II and a beauty from Joao Moutinho doubled the principality side’s lead.

They held on to take all three points after a howler from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic allowed Diego Rolan in to cut back the arrears.

Monaco, who will appear to overturn a 5-3 first-leg deficit when they host Manchester city in their Champions League closing-sixteen return on Wednesday, are 5 factors clear of local rivals nice at the top with 9 video games left.

then again, Paris Saint-Germain can go back up to 2d and minimize Monaco’s lead again to three factors with a win at backside membership Lorient on Sunday of their first day trip in view that their Champions League humiliation in Barcelona.

"Now that we’re nine fits from the tip of the season teams have analysed us and come right here with a extra protecting technique," mentioned Monaco train Leonardo Jardim, whose side remain the highest scorers in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

"that is not a criticism. in opposition to groups who most effective come out on the counter-assault, you need to give you the option of scoring without giving them the chance to break. In that approach it used to be an ideal efficiency."

On the possibility of looking to flip issues around in opposition to city, Jardim admitted he has to take recent shielding struggles into consideration.

"we’re top of the league, in the League Cup final, in the French Cup quarter-finals, everyone is in just right situation mentally," mentioned the Portuguese.

"it is going to be a tough suit. One factor is for sure, the best way we’re taking part in simply now we will have to attain three times to qualify. Two will not be sufficient."

Monaco are looking to win the French title for the primary time considering 2000. that they had no longer overwhelmed Bordeaux at dwelling seeing that 2003 and that run appeared set to continue because the regularly irresistible Monaco assault struggled to fire.

Moutinho used to be recalled instead of Tiemoue Bakayoko in midfield whereas Mbappe again partnered Valere Germain up front with Radamel Falcao on the bench.

that call was once indisputably made with one eye on the clash with metropolis, but Jardim’s aspect have been still on the lookout for the outlet purpose when the Colombian striker was once introduced in the 64th minute.

defensive difficulties

Cedric Carrasso boxed away an impressive Thomas Lemar strike in the first half of and Mbappe had a header cleared off the road by means of Milan Gajic as Bordeaux annoyed their hosts.

Bordeaux wanted points as they chase European qualification but they fell in the back of after some questionable defending within the 68th minute.

Falcao received his head to a left-wing nook, neither Gaetan Laborde nor Younousse Sankhare cleared, and Mbappe facet-footed home.

It was once a sixteenth intention in all competitions this season for the 18-yr-old, certainly one of the most up to date prospects in European soccer.

Portugal playmaker Moutinho made it 2-zero within the 74th minute, operating onto a Bernardo Silva move and floating a stunning shot excessive into the a ways corner.

but like of their Champions League thriller with city, Monaco confirmed signs of shielding weak point as they gave Bordeaux hope late on.

Subasic got here out of his area in an try to clear a again-pass, but the ball struck off the advancing Rolan, ricocheted back off the Croatian goalkeeper’s face and the Bordeaux participant ran in to finish into an empty internet.

good lost floor on Friday regardless of coming back from two objectives down to attract 2-2 at residence to Caen, Mario Balotelli and Anastasios Donis getting their goals.

in different places on Saturday, Guingamp overwhelmed struggling Bastia 5-zero whereas Rennes drew 1-1 with Dijon.

Monaco loanee Rony Lopes got the winner as Lille got here from behind to win 2-1 at Nancy and Emiliano Sala netted the winner in the 89th minute as Nantes beat Montpellier 3-2.

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