Radamel Falcao scored a brace as Monaco defeated Montpellier 2-0 on Wednesday to book a Coupe de la Ligue final against Paris Saint-Germain.
The Colombia international was on target twice in the first half of the semi-final at Stade Louis II, where Montpellier struggled to respond, despite twice benefiting from the intervention of the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
Holders PSG overcame Rennes 3-2 a day earlier, and this result set up a decider between Ligue 1’s reigning champions Monaco and the runaway leaders from the capital in Bordeaux on March 31.
Even if they do spring a surprise in a rematch of last season’s showpiece, success in France’s secondary domestic knockout competition would be small consolation for a Monaco side who are fourth in the table, trailing PSG by 12 points after being stripped of several key players who were crucial to last term’s unexpected title triumph.
Au terme d’un match totalement maîtrisé, l’AS Monaco se qualifie pour la finale de @CoupedelaLigue face au @PSG_inside qui aura lieu le samedi 31 mars au Matmut Atlantique ! (2-0) #ASMMHSC
15′ & 28′ @Falcaopic.twitter.com/fancmMPSr6
— AS Monaco