French Ligue 1
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Metz 0-1 Monaco

Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick for Monaco against Dijon
Radamel Falcao has scored five goals in Monaco's opening three matches of the Ligue 1 season

Reigning champions Monaco became the first team to win 15 successive matches in France's Ligue 1 after Radamel Falcao earned the club a narrow victory at Metz without Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe, 18, was left out of the squad amid transfer speculation linking him with a move to rivals Paris St-Germain.

Falcao struck a 78th-minute winner after latching onto Rachid Ghezzal's chip over the home defence.

After finishing last season with 12 successive wins, Monaco have started this campaign by beating Toulouse, Dijon and now Metz.

Colombia striker Falcao's winner saw Monaco pass Bordeaux's tally of 14 wins in a row in 2009.

Mbappe, who has also been linked to Real Madrid and Manchester City, was left out of the squad by manager Leonardo Jardim, who said he was "protecting" the player.

The France forward burst on to the scene last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions during his first full season as Monaco won the French title for the first time in 17 years and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Line-ups

Metz

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Didillon
  • 28RivierezBooked at 64mins
  • 3Diagne
  • 21Niakhate
  • 32Assou-Ekotto
  • 26Ribeiro Dias
  • 5PobleteBooked at 21mins
  • 8JouffreSubstituted forHeinat 78'minutes
  • 24Cohade
  • 13JallowSubstituted forUdolat 72'minutes
  • 9RouxSubstituted forNianeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hein
  • 12Udol
  • 14Niane
  • 16Kawashima
  • 19Mollet
  • 23Philipps
  • 25Balliu

Monaco

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Subasic
  • 19Sidibe
  • 25Glik
  • 5Jemerson
  • 6de Oliveira MoraesBooked at 37mins
  • 20Rony LopesSubstituted forCarrilloat 45'minutes
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 2Fabinho
  • 27Lemar
  • 15DiakhabySubstituted forGhezzalat 66'minutes
  • 9FalcaoSubstituted forTielemansat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kongolo
  • 7Ghezzal
  • 11Carrillo
  • 16Benaglio
  • 17Tielemans
  • 18Meité
  • 34Sylla
Referee:
Francois Letexier
Attendance:
18,136

Match Stats

Home TeamMetzAway TeamMonaco
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Metz 0, Monaco 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Metz 0, Monaco 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gauthier Hein (Metz) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cafú.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fabinho (Monaco).

  5. Post update

    Renaud Cohade (Metz) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Lemar.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Youri Tielemans replaces Falcao.

  8. Post update

    Falcao (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Niakhate (Metz).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ibrahima Niane (Metz) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gerónimo Poblete with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Djibril Sidibe (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal.

  12. Post update

    Thomas Lemar (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Renaud Cohade (Metz).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rachid Ghezzal (Monaco) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Djibril Sidibe.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Falcao (Monaco).

  17. Post update

    Jonathan Rivierez (Metz) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Metz. Gauthier Hein replaces Yann Jouffre.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Metz 0, Monaco 1. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal with a through ball.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ibrahima Niane (Metz) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yann Jouffre with a cross.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 18th August 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco33008359
2Lyon22006156
3PSG22005056
4Marseille22004046
5Saint-Étienne22002026
6Bordeaux21104224
7Angers21104224
8Troyes21103214
9Toulouse21013303
10Lille21013303
11Montpellier21011103
12Guingamp210134-13
13Strasbourg210134-13
14Rennes201123-11
15Nice200213-20
16Caen200202-20
17Amiens200204-40
18Nantes200204-40
19Metz300316-50
20Dijon200217-60
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