While Caen were first into action through Féret, whose shot was deflected behind for a corner in the 3rd minute, AS Monaco nonetheless made a solid start to the game. Carvalho, back in the side after recovering from injury, intervened perfectly to deny Féret - him again - and give the visitors some reassurance (9 mins). With the quarter-hour mark approaching, Martial tried his luck from inside the home side's box. His powerful effort seemed to strike a Caen hand, but Mr Chapron allowed play to continue (14 mins). A minute later, the referee did correctly award a free-kick to Caen. Bazile took it, from a central position some 20 yards out, but smacked his effort straight into the wall. On 22 minutes, finding himself alone in an advanced position, Silva took responsibility and had a go from distance.
Carrasco puts it on a plate for Martial
Vercoutre pushed the Portuguese midfielder's effort behind for a corner, which the Caen 'keeper then flapped at, with Raggi getting away a shot that was blocked by the hand of Sala. Once again, Mr Chapron remained unmoved... AS Monaco did win a corner, however, from which Raggi headed wide of the target (24 mins). The Red & Whites were stepping up a gear by this point and made the breakthrough just before the half-hour. Toulalan played the ball wide to Carrasco, the Belgian beat his former teammate Dennis Appiah, and pulled the ball back across goal for the waiting Martial to side-foot home off the post. After perfectly controlling the remaining fifteen minutes of the first period, Leonardo Jardim's men headed for the dressing room at half-time with a deserved lead.
Silva extends AS Monaco's lead...
Caen came out for the second half looking to get back into the match, but AS Monaco remained solid, although the visitors did suffer a blow as Toulalan was forced off early with a hamstring problem (49 mins). The captain was replaced by Fabinho and looked disconsolate as he left the stadium… Before the hour mark, Carrasco had a couple of efforts but was unable to find the target. And then Silva took centre stage. The Portuguese won a corner and played a one-two with Moutinho, nutmegging his way into the box and taking the ball on his left foot before beating Vercoutre with a low early shot. AS Monaco were two goals to the good with a little over 25 minutes left to play .
... And grabs a brace!
Caen were doing their best to reduce the deficit, leaving plenty of spaces for the Monegasque forwards to exploit.Carrasco and Martial were unable to capitalise in the 75th minute when a cross from the Belgian flashed across the face of Vercoutre's goal with nobody able to get the final touch. After a glaring miss from Sala, who failed to make contact with the ball following a cross from Appiah in the 78th minute, it was Martial's turn to fluff a great chance. But the U21 international soon made amends. Picking up a pass from Moutinho, he beat Yahia and cleverly slipped in Silva in the Caen box, with the Portuguese calmly lifting the ball over Vercoutre to make it 3-0 and seal a convincing win. At the final whistle, the Red & Whites left the field to applause from the Caen supporters! The result lifts AS Monaco into the top three for the first time this season, the ideal preparation ahead of next Tuesday's date with European destiny in Turin.