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Radamel Falcao at the double as AS Monaco set up League Cup final vs PSG

Radamel Falcao put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute and doubled the lead before the half-hour mark as AS Monaco eased to victory over Montpellier in the French League Cup semi-final to book a final date with Paris Saint-Germain.

football Updated: Feb 01, 2018 11:36 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Radamel Falcao,AS Monaco,Paris Saint-Germain
Monaco's Radamel Falcao (R) celebrates after scoring goal during the French League Cup semi-final between Monaco and Montpellier at the Louis II stadium in Monaco on January 31, 2018. (AFP)

Radamel Falcao struck twice as Monaco saw off Montpellier 2-0 on Wednesday to set up a French League Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Falcao put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute at the Stade Louis II, before Monaco were denied a penalty by the video assistant referee system.

The Colombian doubled the lead before the half-hour mark, and although Rony Lopes had a second-period strike ruled out by video technology for offside, Leonardo Jardim’s men eased to victory to book a final date with PSG on March 31.

The reigning Ligue 1 champions will be looking for a measure of revenge after being thrashed 4-1 by PSG in last year’s final.

“He (Falcao) hadn’t scored in three games but everyone knows he’s a big player and all players know there are times when they don’t score,” said Monaco coach Jardim.

“Now we have time to think about the final, we will prepare better for the final than last season.”

The hosts started brightly, with Andrea Raggi seeing a shot well saved by Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, but they didn’t have to wait long to take the lead.

Full-back Djibril Sidibe burst his way through before laying the ball off for captain Falcao to sweep home.

Monaco thought they had been awarded a penalty just seconds later when Stevan Jovetic was brought down by Lecomte, but a VAR review showed that the keeper had played the ball before taking down the Montenegrin international.

Montpellier, who were thrashed 4-0 by PSG at the weekend, continued to struggle and Monaco doubled their lead in the 29th minute.

Fabinho unlocked the away defence with a clever pass, before Lopes broke free and crossed for Falcao to tap in his 22nd goal of the season in all competitions.

Lopes thought he had added further gloss to the scoreline with 22 minutes to play, but another referral to the VAR showed that Falcao was narrowly offside before laying the ball back to the Portuguese midfielder.

PSG continued their bid for a fifth straight League Cup title by edging to a 3-2 win at Rennes in the first semi-final on Tuesday, as they held off a spirited fightback from the hosts after Kylian Mbappe was sent off on a VAR decision.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 11:36 IST