Monaco thrash St-Etienne in French league

Monaco have coasted to a 4-0 win over struggling Saint-Etienne to apply further pressure on defending French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon.

Monaco, who have lost only once in 17 games, remain in title contention just one point behind their title rivals.

Lyon and PSG are level on points, with PSG second on goal difference.

Stevan Jovetic was given a rare start for Monaco as star striker Wissam Ben Yedder was rested.

The lively Jovetic hit the crossbar with a 20-metre shot, smacked the post from the penalty spot, and put Monaco ahead with a crisp low shot – all inside the first 13 minutes.

Monaco doubled their lead in the 55th when central midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni blasted home from just inside the penalty area following Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin’s astute pass from the right.

Midfielder Sofiane Diop scored the pick of the goals in the 65th minute, showing great awareness to intercept a pass in midfield and sprint forward before expertly lobbing the goalkeeper.

Striker Krepin Diatta wrapped it up in the 76th against Saint-Etienne, whose coach Claude Puel spent his entire 600-game playing career as a gritty midfielder with Monaco.

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