Illustrated by Keserü's shot in the third minute, Bastia made the better start. Bastia's Romanian striker then fired wide two minutes later. Carvalho cleared the danger, before Khazri sent shivers through the home ranks with a shot that fizzed over Subasic's goal (7'). The first Monaco shot came in the 16th minute from Moutinho, whose chip floated over. Keserü again failed to hit the target in the 17th before Khazri forced Subasic into a good save two minutes later.
Rivière/Falcao: the Dynamic Duo!
ASM started to play their way into the game, but found a Bastia goalkeeper Landreau in top form. He produced a stunning reflect save to deny Rivière in the 25th minute. Subasic then produced another stop to deny Khazri, but Landreau was at it again moments later when he tipped over Kurzawa's bicycle kick (31'). However he was helpless to keep out Rivière's 39th minute strike after a throughball from James to open the scoring. A few minutes later, SCB capitulated again as Moutinho played the ball over the top for Falcao to blast past Landreau with an unstoppable half-volley. 2-0 at the break.
Landreau holds ASM at bay
Falcao was back in the action after the break, but Landreau made the stop. He then denied Rivière, before ex-Monaco defender Sébastien Squillaci came off injured and received a great ovation. Les Rouge et Blanc controlled the game now against a Bastia side resigned to defeat and the second half lacked the upbeat rhythm of the first. Subasic got down well to stop a Boudebouz shot (56') before tipping over another missile from Wahbi Khazri. In the 65th minute, Ferreira Carrasco replaced a tiring Ocampos and added some freshness to the attack. Five minutes later Rivière burst through but couldn't squeeze the ball past Landreau. The 'keeper then produced another miraculous save to deny Rivière, after the pass from James.
Seven for Falcao!
Just when the match seemed destined to finish 2-0, Ferreira Carrasco cut inside from the left. His shot was blocked but fell invitingly for Falcao to send the ball into the top corner. It was his first double with AS Monaco FC in an official match and he moves clear at the top of the goal-scorers charts with seven goals in as many games. Monaco stay top of Ligue 1 ahead of next Sunday's trip to Reims!