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Ligue 1 Review:Nice throttle PSG as Falcao rises with Monaco

Ligue 1 By: Jide Alaka | 12/12/2016


It was another defining week in Ligue 1, with the top three doing all in their power to progress. Monaco continued their hallmark this season of scoring goals while Unai Emery has a mini-crisis on his hands at the Parc des Princes.


PSG 2-2 Nice

The heavyweight matchup of the weekend ended in a truce. But the result meant that PSG stay in third position, even though they boast arguably the most potent forward in all of Europe.

Edinson Cavani scored twice in the second half to haul the Parisians level after Wylan Cyprien and Alassane Plea had scored in the 32nd and 45th minutes to take a two-goal lead into the break.

PSG threatened right from the start with Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale having to pull off smart saves from Layvin Kurzawa and Cavani on seven minutes.

Cyprien produced a stunning free kick that gave the league leaders the lead. Cavani was wasteful with two chances and they were made to rue those lost chances as Nice scored with a counterattack in the third minute of additional time in the first half. It was Plea’s 10th league goal for the season.

But PSG were quickly in their stride in the second half as Serge Aurier served up a tap in for Cavani before a blunder in the Nice box allowed Cavani another tap in to take his goals tally to 16 goals in Ligue 1.


Bordeaux 0-4 Monaco

Radamel Falcao has had two seasons to forget and the Colombian is doing all to make up for lost time as he scored three goals in Monaco’s 4-0 demolition of Bordeaux away on Saturday.

The Islanders have now scored 57 goals in 17 league matches and are also in the draw for the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Monaco have their own version of PSG’s Aurier in Djibril Sidibe, and the attacking right back got Monaco up and running with his third goal of the season in just the second minute in a flowing move that involved at least six players from the halfway line.

Falcao was fortunate for his first goal as the goalkeeper pushed a ball against his knee. His second showed that his poaching instincts are returning and his third was from the penalty spot.


Other Results

Lille and Marseille got morale-boosting 2-1 results as Nantes versus Caen had to be postponed because of bad weather. In all, 25 goals were scored with four teams shooting blanks on the weekend.


The season is shaping up nicely into a three-team race with PSG, Nice and Monaco in the race and no one is showing any signs of relenting. PSG’s Emery is under a spot of bother because of some bad results and Angel Di Maria is not having the best of times with the club’s supporters.