Monaco move level on points with early leader Paris Saint-Germain, who visit Montpellier on Saturday. New Lille coach Bielsa is under increasing pressure, as his men are now winless in six matches since their opening-day victory over Nantes, a run during which they have only scored once. The Argentinian had insisted earlier in the week that he would not walk out on the club like he did at Marseille two years ago, but his team's pitiful display could test his resolve.
Monaco away from home in Ligue 1 during 2017:WDWDWWWWWWWWLW Goals: 31 Conceded: 13 Yet another big scoreline. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/a1PvHEApxl — Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 22, 2017
Monaco started on the front foot against a Lille outfit shot of confidence. After winger Rony Lopes had gone close, former Manchester City striker Jovetic grabbed the opening goal in the 24th minute. The Montenegrin international created space for a shot with a clever turn, before picking out the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his first goal for Leonardo Jardim's men.
Radamel Falcao's last 2 games for Monaco in Ligue 1:⚽️⚽️?️ vs. Strasbourg ⚽️⚽️ vs. Lille He can't stop right now. ? pic.twitter.com/IGdaQD1V66 — Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 22, 2017
It didn't take long for another close-season signing to get off the mark for the principality outfit, as former Lyon winger Ghezzal made it two six minutes later. Full-back Almamy Toure, playing in place of the suspended Djibril Sidibe, burst down the right-hand side and picked out the onrushing Ghezzal, who slammed the ball past home goalkeeper Mike Maignan. A hapless Lille finally had a shot in anger on the stroke of half-time, as Luiz Araujo fired wide.
Radamel Falcao is the first player in Europe's top 5 leagues to score 10 goals this season.pic.twitter.com/02fWkzj691 — Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 22, 2017
That effort proved to be a false ray of hope though, as Monaco captain Falcao became the first player to reach 10 goals in any of Europe's top five leagues this season just three minutes into the second period. The Colombian showed his predatory instinct by meeting a rebound in the area with a bullet header into the back of the net. Lopes had a shot well saved by Maignan after Falcao's clever knock-down, before the former Manchester United flop converted a penalty to add further gloss to the scoreline.
Radamel Falcao now has more goals than 17 of the other 19 Ligue 1 teams this season ⚽️?? pic.twitter.com/d7t0hT9sRp— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 22, 2017
The 31-year-old has now scored two or more goals four times in his seven league games so far this term. In Friday's first match, Mario Balotelli scored his sixth goal of the season in all competitions as Nice fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Angers at the Allianz Riviera. The visitor forged ahead thanks to first-half goals from Mateo Pavlovic and Karl Toto Ekambi, but Balotelli's spot-kick and Ismael Traore's comical own goal handed Nice a point. PSG will take on Montpellier without the injured Neymar for the first time since the Brazilian's world record move from Barcelona, as they look to make it seven wins from seven to kick off the campaign. RESULTS Nice 2 (Balotelli 39-P, Traore 76-og) Angers 2 (Pavlovic 12, Ekambi 34) Lille 0 Monaco 4 (Jovetic 24, Ghezzal 31, Falcao 48, 73-P) POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts PSG 6 6 0 0 18 18 Monaco 7 6 0 1 13 18 St-Etienne 6 4 1 1 3 13 Bordeaux 6 3 3 0 4 12 SATURDAY'S MATCHES Montpellier v PSG, Bordeaux v Guingamp, Caen v Amiens, Lyon v Dijon, Metz v Troyes
Radamel Falcao's shots on target in Ligue 1 this season:⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️❌⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ 11 shots on target ? 10 goals scored ⚽️ Purple patch. ? pic.twitter.com/JvLY169zQf — Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 22, 2017