Monaco give Marseille 6 of the Best

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar August 29, 2017 01:41



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Monaco give Marseille 6 of the Best

By Satish sekar at the Stade Louis 11 © satish Sekar (August 27th 2017)

Life After Mbappé

As news filtered through that teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé not only wanted to leave Monaco, but join bitter rivals PSG, his team-mates fired a warning – there’s life without Kylian. The rejuvenated el Tigre, Radamel Falcao’s brace finished the match as a meaningful contest.

Leonardo Jardim’s charges sent a message to Mbappé, confined to the bench by his coach as they hit Rudy Garcia’s Marseille for 6. The coveted Thomas Lemar – he also wants to leave – yet Monaco’s faithful have not turned on him started as he meant to go on. His free-kick from the left drifted into the danger area and Polish defender Kamil Glik made no mistake stroking it past Steve Mandanda within a couple of minutes. Moments later Mandanda pushed Adama Diakhaby’s shot onto the post. It was a taste of things to come.


Falcao’s 15 minute brace began on 20 minutes. Jordan Amavi’s clumsy challenge on Fabian Tavares gave referee Ruddy Buquet little room for doubt. Falcao converted the penalty. Glik nodded a free-kick on to Falcao who gave Mandanda no chance. With ten minutes left to half time the game was over bar the shouting.

Tomáš Hubočan, who responded by hauling Mesquita Lopes down. Glik squandered a golden opportunity from the resulting free-kick, heading it well over when unmarked in the penalty area – he ought to have done far better, but ultimately it did not matter. As half-time approached the screens homed in on Mbappé. The loud boos left no doubt who it was sight unseen.

Mesquita Lopes found space on the flank of the area to cross for Diakhaby to have the simple task of tapping it in to make it four just before the break. Marseille hardly troubled Monaco keeper Danijel Subašić. Matheus Doria Macedo’s tame header from a free kick on the right was catching practice – straight at Subašić, and Florian Thauvin’s shot from distance failed to bother Subašić.


Off the Gas

In the second half Monaco, the hard work done, took it easy. Little of note happened until just before the hour when Marseille squandered an opportunity as Morgan Sanson, on a yellow card for a crude challenge on Lemar, mishit his shot, allowing Subašić to make an easy save to his left. Almost 20 minutes into the half a dreadful free-kick high, wide and ugly by Thauvin earned ironic cheers. Mesquito Lopes proved it was contagious with a poor cross straight at Mandanda.

He made amends shortly afterwards with a mazy run into the box which was thwarted by a timely interception by Grégory Sertic. The melee from the resulting corner resulted in Glik hitting the post with a header and a scramble that was ultimately ended by Djibril Sidibé’s header to make it 5.


Substitute Rémy Cabella grabbed a consolation from Thauvin’s assist. He didn’t celebrate. Falcao was replaced. Almost immediately, another penalty was given away by Hiroki Sakai who brought down Jorge de Oliveira Moraes. Fabio Tavares completed the rout from the spot, although substitute Youri Tielemans ought to have added another.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar August 29, 2017 01:41