Sunday 23 July 2017

Classy Mbappe secures league for Monaco

Monaco 2 St Etienne 0

Kylian Mbappe. Photo: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters
Kylian Mbappe. Photo: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

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Kylian Mbappe set Monaco on their way to wrapping up the Ligue 1 title as they secured a 2-0 win over St Etienne.

Europe's most exciting teenager grabbed his 15th league goal of a sensational season to help the principality club clinch the championship with a game to spare.

Valere Germain put the seal on the win with the last kick of the game to really get the party started.

The hosts kicked off knowing a point would be enough to win a first crown since 2000 and end Paris St Germain's four-year domination, and Mbappe was a fitting hero as PSG were condemned to finish in second spot.

Monaco’s Radamel Falcao in action with Saint-Etienne’s Vincent Pajot Photo: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters
Monaco’s Radamel Falcao in action with Saint-Etienne’s Vincent Pajot Photo: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

St Etienne started brightly, but Monaco's nerves were settled after 19 minutes when the visitors lost the ball in midfield, and in a flash found themselves behind.

There was no catching France's young player of the year Mbappe as he raced onto Radamel Falcao's through-ball. The 18-year-old put goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier on his backside with a drop of the shoulder before rolling the ball into an empty net from an acute angle.

Falcao saw a goalbound volley blocked after being teed up by another breakneck run from Mbappe.

St Etienne did threaten through Florentin Pogba, who had a free header but planted it straight at Danijel Subasic.

Monaco had more scares before Germain rounded off a swift counter attack to start of the celebrations.

Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters
Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

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