Monaco 3 Nice 0: Falcao at the double in important title clash

Radamel Falcao scored a double to help Monaco strike a significant blow in the Ligue 1 title race with a 3-0 win over Nice in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash in the Stade Louis II.

Valere Germain - who spent last season on loan at Nice - opened the scoring early within the second half with a powerful header from close range, before Falcao's brace sealed a essential win.
Both sides went into the game level on 49 points - with Monaco holding the edge on purpose difference - just after Bernardo Silva salvaged a point for Leonardo Jardim's guys against holders Paris Saint-Germain last week with his stoppage-time equaliser.
It was all Monaco within the opening 45 minutes and Silva came close to opening the scoring on two occasions, goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale thwarting the Portugal international each and every time.
There was no denying the leaders immediately after the break, although, as Germain and Falcao struck to produce amends for the 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture back in September.
Monaco's victory puts them at the very least temporarily six points clear of PSG, who face Dijon later on Saturday.
The hosts started the game with attacking intentions and had their first possibility when Dante failed to effectively clear Benjamin Mendy's cross from the left inside the 10th minute, Silva choosing up the loose ball around the edge of your region and forcing Cardinale into a low save.
A poor ball from Malang Sarr allowed Falcao to set up Silva around the right-hand side in the region, but Cardinale once again pulled off a fine cease.
Good struggled to create substantially of an influence going forward as Monaco did properly to help keep Mario Balotelli quiet, with Valentin Eysseric's wayward opportunistic volley from outdoors the box the visitors' only noteworthy attempt in the opening 45 minutes.
Monaco got the goal they deserved within the 47th minute as Mendy sent inside a pinpoint left-wing cross right after but one more impressive run plus the unmarked Germain had tiny trouble beating Cardinale from close range with a sublime header.
Points went from undesirable to worse for Nice from then on and Falcao doubled Monaco's lead on the hour mark.
Mendy was as soon as far more at the heart of it with a fine low delivery as well as the Colombia international fired house from just yards out for his 13th league target of the season.
There was nevertheless extra to come in the home side, though, and Falcao piled a lot more misery on Nice within the 81st minute when he beat Cardinale with a composed finish into the bottom-right corner following getting setup by Thomas Lemar for Monaco's 100th objective in the season in all competitions.
Good practically added a consolation late on as Valentin Eysseric struck the post, however the season's surprise package will now need to regroup after seeing their title aspirations suffer a considerable blow.

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