Monaco thump Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1

Dec 15, 2017 - 10:52 PM Defending champions Monaco romped past struggling Saint-Etienne 4-0 in the French soccer league on Friday.

The win moved second-placed Monaco to within six points of league leader Paris Saint-Germain, who play Rennes on Saturday.

Saint-Etienne are in 15th place but could drop further down after this weekend's games.

Monaco took the lead through defender Djibril Sidibe in the third minute and attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar doubled the lead before halftime.

After Brazilian midfielder Fabinho made it 3-0 in the 53rd, Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier was sent off for protesting that it shouldn't stand because of an offside.

Senegal striker Keita Balde completed the rout after being set up by Fabinho for his fourth league goal since joining in the offseason from Italian club Lazio.

Fourth-place Marseille are at home to third-place Lyon on Sunday, and there is another round of matches on Wednesday before the winter break.

Source: AAP

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