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Dijon 1 Monaco 4: Falcao hat-trick fires champions to win as Mbappe watches on

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 13 Aug 2017

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A hat-trick from Radamel Falcao helped Monaco to a 4-1 win away to Dijon and maintained the champions’ winning start to the Ligue 1 season.

The Colombia striker’s treble and a superb finish from Jemerson gave Leonardo Jardim’s side a comfortable win, with Wesley Said netting what proved to be a consolation.

Kylian Mbappe returned to the matchday squad after picking up a knock but did not get off the substitutes’ bench as his side cruised to two victories from two games.

Monaco began their title defence with a battling 3-2 win over Toulouse but they were in much better control of proceedings on Sunday from the moment Falcao turned home from close range after three minutes following Kamil Glik’s header from a corner.

Jemerson made it 2-0 midway through the half with a brilliant bicycle kick from six yards out, before Falcao scored his second and Monaco’s third with a deflected effort that looped over goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet and into the top-right corner.

Said handed Dijon a lifeline with a superb piece of control and first-time finish through the legs of Danijel Subasic, but Falcao completed his hat-trick six minutes after the break to kill off any hopes of a comeback, heading in a delivery from Thomas Lemar.

 

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