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Mbappe, Moutinho keep Monaco on title track

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Monaco’s polish defender Kamil Glik (4th L), Monaco’s Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (C), Bordeaux’ Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil (R) and Bordeaux’ French forward Jeremy Menez (3rd L Rear) tap hands after the French L1 football match Monaco (ASM) vs Bordeaux (GB) on March 11, 2017 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco.

Teen sensation Kylian Mbappe scored his 10th league goal of the campaign as Monaco beat Bordeaux 2-1 on Saturday to cement their place at the top of Ligue 1.

Mbappe opened the scoring midway through the second half at the Stade Louis II and a beauty from Joao Moutinho soon after doubled the principality side’s lead.

They held on to take all three points after a howler from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic allowed Diego Rolan in to reduce the arrears.

Monaco, who will look to overturn a 5-3 first-leg deficit when they host Manchester City in their Champions League last-16 return on Wednesday, are five points clear of local rivals Nice at the top of the table with nine games left.

However, Paris Saint-Germain can go back up to second and cut Monaco’s lead back to three points with a win at bottom club Lorient on Sunday in their first outing since their Champions League humiliation in Barcelona.

Nice lost ground on Friday despite coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Caen, Mario Balotelli and Anastasios Donis getting their goals.

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