AS Monaco moved ahead of Olympique de Marseille in the Ligue 1 table after besting Stade Malherbe de Caen 3-0 in Friday evening.
Monaco were keen to overcome disappointing draws against AS Saint-Etienne and Montpellier Herault Sport Club and didn’t disappoint with a convincing performance at the Stade Michel d’Ornano.
Caen were underwhelming, but their lack of menace shouldn’t take away from what was a wholly convincing Monaco performance.
Anthony Martial put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes when Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco met Jeremy Toulalan’s long ball, beat his man and crossed for the young striker to fire home.
They doubled their lead on 64 minutes when Bernardo Silva again demonstrated some fine agility and ball skills in the box before finishing competently past Remy Vercoutre.
Emiliano Sala—who shared a physical battle with Monaco stopper Aymen Abdennour throughout the match—missed a clear opportunity to halve the deficit late on.
Silva completed the victory with another fine effort.
The victory pushes Monaco up to third, one point ahead of OM, who play against Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday evening.