Monaco star Falcao announces his greatest hat-trick

Hours after seeing his team reach the last eight in the Champions League, the Colombia striker revealed he has more reason to be happy

It’s been a very good week for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

Admittedly a hip injury consigned him to the stands as his side progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League by defeating Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday evening, but he has had plenty of other cause to celebrate.

On Thursday, he announced that he and his wife, Lorelei Taron, are expecting their third child.

 

2013 2015 2017 hat trick

A post shared by Falcao (@falcao) on Mar 15, 2017 at 6:40pm PDT

In a simple Instagram post, ‘El Tigre’ posted: “2013, 2015, 2017 – hat trick.”

Falcao has rediscovered his scoring touch with the Ligue 1 outfit this season, netting 24 goals in 31 appearances, with the Stade Louis II side retaining an interest in four competitions going into the final two months of the campaign. 

TEAM NEWS: Injured Falcao misses out on Man City clash

The Colombia international misses out with a hip problem while Pep Guardiola has opted for Fernandinho in midfield over Yaya Toure

Monaco are without star striker Radamel Falcao for the second leg of their Champions League clash against Manchester City.

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The forward suffered a hip injury against Bordeaux on Saturday, and despite hopes he would at least be fit enough to make the bench against City, he is not included in the 18-man squad.

City, meanwhile, have opted for Fernandinho over Yaya Toure in central midfield while Aleksander Kolarov partners John Stones at the heart of defence.

Otherwise Pep Guardiola’s side are as expected, with Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero leading the line.
City lead the tie 5-3 on aggregate as they look to book their place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition.

Monaco: Subasic; Sidibe, Raggi, Jemerson, Mendy; Fabinho, Bakayoko, Lemar; Bernardo Silva, Germain, Mbappe. Subs: De Sanctis, Jorge, Dirar, Moutinho, Cardona, Diallo, Toure.

Manchester City: Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy; Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane; Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Delph, Toure, Navas, Iheanacho.

Injured Falcao facing race against time to take on Man City

The Colombian forward struck twice in the reverse fixture but could miss the second leg due to a new injury sustained at the weekend

Radamel Falcao is a doubt for Monaco’s Champions League meeting with Manchester City next week having sustained a hip injury in their 2-1 win over Bordeaux on Saturday.

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The Ligue 1 side welcome Pep Guardiola’s City to Stade Louis II on March 15 following a pulsating 5-3 reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium in February.

Falcao, who has scored 22 goals for Monaco in all competitions this season and struck twice in the first leg, is now in doubt to feature in the European tie, though manager Leonardo Jardim remains hopeful he will be with his top scorer.

“He took a heavy knock to the right of his hip,” the manager said. “We’ll take a look at what’s going on with it.

“I hope it’s not a serious thing, just the one knock, but I have to wait for the scans.

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“Today, we didn’t risk starting him though he is feeling good at the moment.

“I hope the injury is not a serious one, because if he is fit, he will start against Manchester City.”

Jardim defends Subasic as Monaco prepare for Man City showdown

The Ligue 1 leaders had to hold on for victory after the goalkeeper’s error, but the coach jumped to his defence

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim shrugged off an error by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic that meant his side had to cling on to a 2-1 home win over Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe and Joao Moutinho scored to set up a victory that extends Monaco’s lead at the top of the table to five points, but Subasic’s mistake gave Diego Rolan a simple finish.

Lincoln rout buys Wenger time

Monaco were able to hold on to their lead to secure a fourth straight win in all competitions ahead of the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Manchester City and Jardim defended his goalkeeper after the final whistle.

Jardim said. “I told Suba: ‘How many important stops did you make for us? A lot, so stop thinking about that.’

“The teams know us well and have a more defensive strategy here at Stade Louis II.

“We mastered the game well by keeping the ball well. I congratulated the players for their game.”

65′ @FALCAO entre à la place de Lemar ! (0-0) #ASMFCGB pic.twitter.com/tdnnehmWFc
— AS MONACO  (@AS_Monaco) March 11, 2017

Radamel Falcao made his return from injury from the bench in the second half, helping to inspire the six-minute spell that included both Monaco goals, but the striker could miss the City clash after taking a knock on his hip.
“It is a heavy blow on the right side,” Jardim said. “We’ll wait for the tests. I hope it does not matter.”

Victoire 2-1 contre Bordeaux pic.twitter.com/PnjnCCLA8F
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) March 11, 2017

Midfielder Fabinho claimed Monaco’s focus will now switch to the Champions League, with a 5-3 deficit from the first leg to overturn when they host Pep Guardiola’s City on Wednesday.

“Now we start thinking about City. It’s an important match for the season as well,” the Brazilian said.

“It is a different competition but we want to continue the adventure. If we do not go through, it is not catastrophic, but we want to show in Europe also that we are a good team.”

Wk29 – @AS_Monaco_EN vs. @girondins – Final Whistle – 2-1 pic.twitter.com/g0i26hNj0a

— Ligue1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) March 11, 2017

Falcao chip named UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!

The Monaco man’s marvellous finish against Manchester City beat out competition from the likes of Casemiro and Arjen Robben

Radamel Falcao’s marvellous chip has been named matchday seven’s UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan.

The Monaco striker’s stunning finish came during an eight-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium, which ultimately saw the Ligue 1 leaders go down 5-3 to Pep Guardiola’s side ahead of what promises to be a exhilarating return leg in the principality.

The Colombian beat out some stiff competition, including Casemiro’s thumping volley for Real Madrid in their 3-1 defeat of Napoli.

That game also saw Lorenzo Insigne earn a nomination for the prize after his ingenious long-range effort completely bamboozled Keylor Navas in the Madrid goal. 

Angel Di Maria was also among the contenders following his curled finish from outside the box in PSG’s 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in the French capital.

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben completed the nominees thanks to another of the Dutchman’s trademark curling strikes, hit during the German champions’ 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at the Allianz Arena.

Click here to watch the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!

No Costa, Rooney, Falcao or Aubameyang but Tianjin bring in Moraes

Top striking talents proved elusive during the winter transfer window but the CSL side have taken a forward on loan from Dynamo Kiev until June

Tianjin Quanjian were linked with the likes of Diego Costa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Radamel Falcao, but have had to settle for a more low-profile overseas signing to conclude their business ahead of the start of the Chinese Super League season.

Fabio Cannavaro’s side begin their 2017 campaign at Guangzhou R and F on Saturday and will be bolstered by Brazilian striker Junior Moraes, who joins on loan from Dynamo Kiev until June.

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Moraes links up with compatriot Alexandre Pato and Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel at Tianjin, who were certainly not short of ambition as the CSL embarked upon a mega-money transformation over recent months.

Interest from Tianjin was at the heart of reported unrest for Chelsea’s top scorer Costa during January, while Cannavaro’s commitment to his desired style of play apparently quashed attempts to bring in rejuvenated Monaco striker Falcao or Manchester United captain Rooney.

“Theoretically speaking, there is no limit on transfer budget,” said Tianjin’s billionaire owner Shu Yuhui.

“We can target whoever we want, but on several occasions our targets are reluctant to join us.

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“We approached Diego Costa and other stars. It remains to be seen who will join us in June, but I can assure you that the new players will be on the same level as Costa.

“We had an overnight negotiation and Falcao was about to sign the contract to join us. However, the deal was scuppered by Cannavaro, who later told us he doesn’t suit our style of play.”

Cannavaro told Tianjin TV last week he had a similar view on Rooney, with Borussia Dortmund hotshot Aubameyang more to his taste.

‘Rooney not ready for China yet’

“We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just chit-chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play,” he said. “No further discussion was necessary.

“The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang. Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season’s Champions League.”

Cannavaro identified Nikola Kalinic as his primary attacking target, although the Fiorentina striker opted to stay in European football and questioned the logic of anyone paying a €50million for his services.

Those setbacks have combined to give Moraes his opportunity. The 29-year-old former Santos player boasts an impressive return of 10 goals in 16 Ukrainian top-flight appearances this season.

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“I think this is a good option for me,” Moraes told Dynamo’s official website. “This is a popular and promising football direction, a new market which in recent years has been booming.

“The Super League serves many prominent players at European and world level, making China a very interesting championship. It is a great challenge for me.”

Chinese Super League club confirms Diego Costa approach and vows to spend big

Tianjin Quanjian have admitted to making a move for the Chelsea striker and snubbing the opportunity to sign Monaco star Radamel Falcao

Ambitious Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjia have admitted to making a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa while turning down the chance to sign Monaco forward Radamel Falcao.

Head coach Fabio Cannavaro has the backing of his board to bring in high-profile additions, with money no object to a wealthy club bankrolled by billionaire owner Shu Yuhui.

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They are expected to target further global superstars in the summer, with the winter CSL transfer window about to slam shut.

It could be that Costa figures on their radar once more, with the Spain international having been heavily linked with a big-money move to Asia.

One approach for the burly frontman has already failed, but the funds will be made available to go back in for the Stamford Bridge star if Cannavaro considers him to be a top target.

“Theoretically speaking, there is no limit on transfer budget in the summer. We can target whoever we want. But on several occasions, our targets are reluctant to join us,” Shu Yuhui said in a press conference on Monday.

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“We made an attempt for Pato last year but he is not willing to come because our club was still in second division then. After we get promoted, he came.

“We also approached Diego Costa and other stars. It remains to be seen who will join us in June but I can assure you that the new players will be on the same level as Costa.”

Shu Yuhui has also admitted to pulling out of a proposed deal for Colombia international Falcao, with the decision taken to focus on other targets despite the South American returning to top form this season.

He added: “Not long ago, famous football agent Jorge Mendes came to the city of Dafeng to meet us.

Jardim: Falcao has silenced critics

“We had an overnight negotiation and Falcao was about to sign the contract to join us. However, the deal was scuppered by Cannavaro who later told us he doesn’t suit our style of play.

“Price and reputation are not our only concerns. We have to apologise to Mendes.”

VIDEO: Falcao denied wonderful bicycle kick goal

The Colombian striker was unable to find the back of the net, despite his best acrobatic efforts, but his team managed to get the win nevertheless

Since returning to Monaco, Falcao has finally re-discovered the kind of form that earned him a reputation as one of the most fearsome finishers in the world.

After forging a formidable goal-scoring record in Portugal and Spain with Porto and Atletico Madrid, respectively, the Colombia international spent two disappointing seasons in the Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea, where he struggled to make an impact.

WATCH: Fabinho’s panenka penalty

However, his spell in England has proved to be a blip and he has flourished in the Principality this term, inspiring Leonardo Jardim’s side to the top of Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, as well as hitting six goals in the Champions League in as many games. 

Despite his rich vein of form, the 31-year-old was held scoreless against Guingamp on Saturday and not even a wonderful bicycle kick attempt could get past the Brittany outfit’s stout resistance.

Luckily for Falcao, Monaco managed to win in the end, with a goal from Kamil Glik and Fabinho’s outrageous penalty securing all three points.

Falcao has silenced his critics after failed Man Utd and Chelsea spells, says Jardim

The Monaco boss has hailed the contribution of his rejuvantaed star striker to a Ligue 1 title chase and a positive Champions League campaign

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim feels Radamel Falcao has silenced his critics with his fine performances this campaign.

The 31-year-old returned to Monaco ahead of this season following unconvincing loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea.

There were question marks over whether he would be able to rediscover his old form, but he has impressed with a string of fine performances, scoring 24 goals in all competitions.

WATCH: Falcao’s goal against Man City

He netted a double – his second coming courtesy of a stunning chip – in the 5-3 Champions League last-16 first-leg loss to Manchester City on Tuesday, though he also missed a penalty at the Etihad Stadium.

“Falcao is very important for us,” Jardim said at a news conference.

“We have done a lot of work with him to get him ready to compete again and things are going very well. I am very happy that he has rediscovered his level of before. A lot of people were sceptical about his chances of getting back to his best. He deserves all the praise he has been getting.

“His second goal against Manchester City was the goal of the season.

“Falcao will continue to take penalties. I am someone who knows how things work in life. There are times when things go well and sometimes there are complicated moments. We cannot criticise a player who gives you so much in return.”

Jardim also had his say on Kylian Mbappe following the youngster’s rise to prominence and he had nothing but praise for the gifted attacker.

Monaco lacked intelligence – Falcao

“Kylian has been here for a year and a half and we believe in him,” Jardim added.

“He is a young guy who is still progressing. He has made another step up compared to last year. He is a quick learner, who listens more, takes care of himself and is very professional.

“He possesses a great dynamic going forward and also works hard defensively.”

Falcao, Casemiro or Robben? Vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!

Matchday Seven brought a stunning glut of goals in Europe’s leading club competition but which was best?

Falcao’s sensational chip versus Manchester City has earned him a nomination for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan.

The Monaco striker’s stunning finish came during an eight-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium, which ultimately saw the Ligue 1 leaders go down 5-3 to Pep Guardiola’s ahead of what promises to be a exhilarating return leg in the principality.

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But the Colombian faces stiff opposition in a week of brilliant goals, including Casemiro’s thumping volley for Real Madrid in their 3-1 defeat of Napoli.

That game also saw Lorenzo Insigne earn a nomination for the prize after his ingenious long-range effort completely bamboozled Keylor Navas in the Madrid goal. 

Angel Di Maria is also among the contenders following his curled finish from outside the box in PSG’s 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in the French capital.

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben completes the nominees thanks to another of the Dutchman’s trademark curling strikes, hit during the German champions’ 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at the Allianz Arena.

Click here to watch the contenders and vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!