Keita Baldé, Fabinho, Rony Lopes and Kamil Glik all found the net as AS Monaco defeated Dijon FCO 4-0 on Friday to ensure they will remain in second place come the end of Week 26.
AS Monaco 4-0 Dijon FCO
Monaco started the game a point clear of Olympique de Marseille, and knew they could afford no slip at home to a Dijon side that, though just six points clear of the bottom three, had won their last two.
Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men had made Monaco suffer for three points at the Stade Louis II last season, and Leonardo Jardim’s men looked like they had quickly ensured they would not endure such a nervous evening in the duo’s second-ever top-flight meeting.
Back from suspension following his red card in the dramatic win over Lyon, Baldé was at the sharp end of a move involving Thomas Lemar and Djibril Sidibé, taking a touch before beating Baptiste Reynet with a right-foot shot for his eighth league strike of the campaign (13′).
Danijel Subasic was back in the champions’ goal after recovering from injury, and the Croatia international saw Naïm Sliti shoot wide (15′) and Florent Balmont force him into a save (29′) as Monaco failed to build on their advantage in the face of some tenacious opposition.
Subasic was handily placed to claim a Chang-hoon Kwon free-kick (52′) and then turned aside a Cédric Yambéré header (56′) as Dijon pressed; had Julio Tavares got his header on target from Oussama Haddadi’s cross shortly afterwards (63′), Subasic may well have been powerless to prevent the ball hitting the net.
Instead, Monaco got lucky as Tavares missed, and capitalised to rip the game away from Dijon.
Lemar was fouled inside the area and Fabinho, as cool as ever, slotted home his third penalty of the league campaign (69′). With the wind brutally sucked from their sails, Dijon then folded as Lopes (87′) — the matchwinning hero against Lyon — and Glik (90+2′) also scored to leave Monaco four points clear of their rivals for second place and nine behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
THE PLAYER: Keita Baldé
Once again in the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao and Stevan Jovetic, Baldé showed he could be counted on when his team needed him to get among the goals. This strike was his third in as many league games.
THE STAT: 5
Monaco’s four goals came from five efforts on target.