Falcao comes off the bench to assist Monaco beat Nantes 3-1



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12 Aug 2018, 02:34 IST
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PARIS (AP) — Radamel Falcao got here off the bench to attain and arrange one other objective as Monaco opened its French league marketing campaign with a 3-1 win at Nantes on Saturday.

A boring match rapidly improved when Falcao got here on halfway by the second half. The veteran Colombia striker instantly began combining effectively with Montenegro ahead Stevan Jovetic, who arrange a headed objective for attacking midfielder Rony Lopes with a deflected cross within the 69th minute.

With 10 minutes left, Falcao gathered a excessive ball close to midway and intelligently flicked the ball over his head into the trail of Jovetic, who scored with a cool end.

Three minutes later, Falcao was celebrating after tapping in Samuel Grandsir’s low cross from the best, after Grandsir was freed by Jovetic’s measured move contained in the penalty space.

“Falcao is a crucial participant for us, it is simpler when you may have gamers of his high quality,” Lopes mentioned. “We did not play effectively within the first half.”

Nantes salvaged some delight by striker Emiliano Sala’s objective within the second minute of damage time.

In Friday’s season-opening match, attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet scored twice as Marseille beat Toulouse 4-0.


Patrick Vieira’s first match in control of Good led to a 1-Zero residence defeat to Reims.

The previous France and Arsenal midfielder was not helped by the actual fact he had no acknowledged striker, with Mario Balotelli — final season’s prime scorer — suspended and Alassane Plea offered through the offseason.

That left Vieira with midfielder Bassem Srarfi as a makeshift ahead — and the Tunisia worldwide was ineffective.

Midfield counterpart Moussa Doumbia scored for Reims after simply three minutes.


Nimes celebrated its first match within the prime flight since 1993 with a dramatic 4-Three win at Angers.

Nicknamed The Crocodiles, Nimes struck first within the fifth minute. It then trailed 3-1 earlier than pulling a objective again within the 77th by striker Clement Depres.

Two minutes later, Nimes had defender Florian Miguel despatched off for a second yellow card. However regardless of being a participant down, Nimes scored twice within the final 4 minutes with Depres netting an 88th-minute winner.


Lille relied closely on Nicolas Pepe’s objectives to narrowly keep away from relegation final season, and the striker was heading in the right direction once more as Lille beat Rennes 3-1 at residence.

Ahead Whabi Khazri scored on his Saint-Etienne debut in a 2-1 residence win towards Guingamp, with Marcus Thuram — son of former France defender Lilian Thuram — scoring for the guests.

Montpellier took an early lead however succumbed to a 2-1 residence defeat to Dijon, with defender Senou Coulibaly grabbing an injury-time winner.


Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain is at residence to Caen on Sunday, when Lyon hosts Amiens and Bordeaux faces Strasbourg.


Jerome Pugmire is at www.twitter.com/jeromepugmire

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