Monaco coach Jardim staying cautious amid title euphoria

16 May 2017, 07:03 | Kristine Mills

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Radamel Falcao struck early on and added another in the second half after Bernardo Silva had given Monaco a 2-0 interval lead, while Junior Alonso's late own goal sealed a comfortable victory.

A thrilling attacking Monaco side have seen Falcao score 20 goals and strike partner Kylian Mbappe chip in with 14, but it has been a team effort with a total of nine players scoring at least six times each.

The Parisian side have endured a hard season following the resurgence of Monaco under Leonardo Jardim, and they now find themselves three points behind the league leaders, who also have a game in hand over Les Rouge-et-Bleu.

"Before this game, we needed four points".

A point on Wednesday at home against Saint-Etienne, however, would guarantee the title and should have Jardim smiling at last.

That was certainly the attitude PSG took as they ensured Monaco will have to work to wrest away the crown the capital club has worn for the last four seasons. "Look at Barcelona's comeback", he said. Normally such a reserved character, Jardim jumped off the bench and pumped his fist vigorously as he shuffled along the touchline.

Mario Balotelli-led Nice, early season pace-setters now ravaged by injury, are guaranteed at least third place and travel to Angers with nearly nothing at stake.

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Nice slipped to its fourth defeat of the season as midfielder Cheikh Ndoye and striker Karl Toko Ekambi scored.

Uruguay worldwide Diego Rolan grabbed an early opener for Bordeaux, but Bafetimbi Gomis hit his 19th goal of the season to keep fifth-place Marseille a point ahead of the home side.

Two third placed finishes followed that but last season they ended a massive 31 points behind PSG.

How Lyon will miss Alexandre Lacazette if he's sold this summer. Toulouse FC initially did so this term, but Pascal Dupraz's men will have to settle for a mid-table finish after their 1-1 draw with FC Metz, secured by a personal best-equalling 11th goal of the season from Denmark global Martin Braithwaite.

Dijon climbed out of the bottom three as they won 2-0 at home against Nancy, who slipped to the foot of the table.

Caen also remain in a relegation scrap as a 1-0 home defeat to Rennes left them just a point clear of the bottom three.



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