Up against a Corsican outfit with a well-marshalled defence, AS Monaco took control of possession right from the kick-off. Inside two minutes, Leca was called into action by Falcao and conceded a corner, from which Jemerson came close to opening the scoring, but just failed to make contact with the ball. From one of Bastia's rare incursions into the Monaco half, Danic curled in a shot that shaved Subasic's right-hand post. Despite that scare, the Red & Whites were head and shoulders above their opponents. Found in the box once again, Falcao placed a magnificent header that Leca somehow kept out, but Mbappé pounced to score from the rebound with a side-footed effort (10 mins).
The return of Peybernes
The crowd were hoping for the now usual slew of goals, but Bastia were not ready to throw in the towel, and Peybernes tackled Silva just as the Portuguese man was preparing to slot into an empty net after rounding Leca (19 mins)! The match then became a scrappier affair. Fabinho and Jemerson both picked up yellow cards for Monaco, while Cioni and Danic did the same for Bastia. After the half-hour mark, AS Monaco were back on the front foot, as Mbappé got away down the left and stormed into the box before pulling the ball back to Falcao, who was blocked at the last moment (35 mins). Before the break, Glik saw a goal ruled out for offside from a Lemar free-kick (38 mins), while Lemar then sent a shot just wide of Leca’s left post (43 mins). Referee Mr Millot blew the whistle to end the first period with AS Monaco holding a slender advantage.
The Lemar/Falcao show
Keen not to give Bastia a way back into the game, the Red & Whites looked to stretch their lead from the restart. Mbappé found Falcao making a run to the edge of the Corsican box, but the Columbian saw his effort blocked (47 mins). They then probed down the left with a fine intervention from Leca, before a ball deflected off a defender just in front of Falcao (55 mins).Though he was unfortunate on that occasion, Falcao more than made up for it in the 66th minute, finding Lemar with a perfect pass on the right of the box. Lemar duly side-footed into the corner of Leca’s net to make it 2-0 to the home side. Moments later, Mbappé was sent clear by Bakayoko and found Falcao, who bagged Monaco’s third with a powerful shot into the roof of the net (68 mins). There was barely time for the crowd to catch their breath than El Tigre snatched a quickfire double, volleying home Lemar’s inch-perfect cross from the left wing! The side-footed effort was sublime, and the ball nestled in the side-netting of the bemused Leca’s goal (73 mins).
Carrillo comes off the bench to score!
There was even worse to come for the Corsican ‘keeper, too. In the 80th minute, Touré won a corner. Leonardo Jardim opted to send on Carrillo before Lemar took the set piece. It turned out to be a master stroke from the coach, as within seconds of taking to the pitch, the Argentine nodded in from close range to make it 5-0 to the Red & Whites! The goal takes Carrillo level with Falcao at the top of the AS Monaco scoring chart with seven goals! The end of the match was a mere formality for AS Monaco. Carrillo saw his shot blocked in the 84th minute, before Germain got away in the area in added time and managed to shoot, but Leca turned the ball behind for a corner. From the set piece, Glik sent a header over the bar and Mr Millot blew for full time to complete another big win for AS Monaco! The result sees the Red & Whites retake the lead at the top of Ligue 1, a point ahead of PSG. Their next game is on Wednesday at Leverkusen, in the final game of the UEFA Champions League group stage!