Radamel Falcao made it seven goals in four games as defending champion Monaco routed Marseille 6-1 Sunday to keep pace with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league.
Both have won four matches and PSG leads Monaco on goal difference. But even after selling key players, and with 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe edging closer to a PSG move, Monaco continues to play with style and ruthless efficiency.
This was Monaco’s 16th straight league win, extending its record after last week beating the mark of 14 held by Bordeaux in 2009. Monaco scored 107 league goals last season and has already notched 14 in four games. PSG, which beat Saint-Etienne 3-0 on Friday, has also scored 14 but conceded two less.
Marseille has lost four straight games to Monaco, conceding 18 goals, and this was the latest non-contest.
Poland center half Kamil Glik showed his scoring prowess by thumping in Thomas Lemar’s free kick from the left after two minutes _ his eighth goal in 40 league games since joining last season from Italian side Torino.
Falcao netted with a penalty in the 20th after Brazil midfielder Fabinho was fouled, and the Colombia striker then beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with a diving header after midfielder Joao Moutinho’s free kick deflected into his path near the penalty spot.
Adama Diakhaby, playing in the place of Mbappe _ who scored 26 goals last season in an astonishing breakthrough campaign _ made it 4-0 just before the break with his first goal since joining from Rennes.
Mbappe is reportedly signing a loan deal to PSG on Monday with an option to buy him for 180 million euros ($215 million).
Stevan Jovetic, his touted replacement, was at Stade Louis II to watch Monaco tear Marseille apart again, having scored four goals in each of their three meetings last season _ including one in the French Cup.
If the Montenegro forward joins Monaco, then the former Manchester City and Fiorentina forward will surely relish playing alongside Falcao.
France fullback Djibril Sidibe made it 5-0 midway through the second half, before winger Remy Cabella replied.
With Falcao already substituted, Fabinho scored the sixth from the penalty spot with 10 minutes left.
Marseille’s first defeat of the season leaves it in sixth place with seven points.
Forward Nicolas de Preville continued his habit of scoring from distance with a spectacular strike securing Lille a 1-1 draw at Angers.
De Preville is emerging as a talented goalscorer at the relatively advanced age of 26. He netted 14 league goals in 30 games last season and has two in four so far.
Collecting the ball some 25 meters (yards) out on the left, he cut inside two defenders and launched a curling, dipping strike into the right corner in the 68th minute.
It was his fifth league goal from outside the penalty area in 2017 _ more than any other player in Ligue 1.
Midfielder Lassana Coulibaly headed Angers ahead in the 60th.
Both sides have four points from four games.
STILL GOING STRONG
Veteran Jimmy Briand scored his second goal of the season as Guingamp won 2-0 at home against promoted Strasbourg.
The 32-year-old former France forward, who scored his first top-flight goal playing for Rennes 13 years ago, wrapped up the win in the 87th minute.
Midfielder Moustapha Diallo opened the scoring for ninth-placed Guingamp midway through the second half.