Radamel Falcao Striker on target as rampant Monaco go second

Rampant Monaco leap-frog champions Paris Saint-Germain into second with PSG and Nice both in action on Sunday.

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Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring against Montpellier at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on October 21, 2016 play

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring against Montpellier at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on October 21, 2016

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Radamel Falcao scored on his return from a month out to help Monaco dismantle Montpellier 6-2 to move within a point of Ligue 1 leaders Nice on Friday.

Rampant Monaco leap-frog champions Paris Saint-Germain into second with PSG and Nice both in action on Sunday.

Despite the lop-sided scoreline they did not have it all their own way on a night of controversial refereeing decisions, a sublime free kick and some rank-bad defending from Montpellier.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim also took aim at the game's authorities who ordered the team to play Friday, just three days after competing in a Champions League clash in Moscow.

"After the match and a victory, it's easy to say that it wasn't a problem," said Jardim.

"But I say that it's not good to play Friday, not good for French football, for the players or for the spectacle."

The visitors went ahead in the ninth minute when Ryad Boudebouz curled in a wonderful free kick from just outside the penalty box, his delicious left-footed strike leaving Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic rooted to the spot and stunning the home crowd.

On 36 minutes Monaco were level in debatable circumstances.

At first glance Falcao's strike partner Kylian Mbappe, just 17, appeared to have been chopped down in the box, but replays strongly suggested that he took a dive.

Monaco's French defender Benjamin Mendy (L) challenges Montpellier's French midfielder Paul Lasne in Monaco on October 21, 2016. play

Monaco's French defender Benjamin Mendy (L) challenges Montpellier's French midfielder Paul Lasne in Monaco on October 21, 2016.

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Referee Amaury Delerue waved away the Montpellier complaints and captain Falcao stepped up to send Geoffrey Jourdren the wrong way in what was the Colombian international's first appearance since suffering a nasty concussion in Monaco's 4-0 defeat to Nice on September 21.

The talented teenager Mbappe edged Monaco ahead four minutes into the second half when he headed home unchallenged.

On 61 minutes Montpellier were back level, Boudebouz's penalty just squeezing in between the post and Subasic's left glove.

The visitors had parity for just three minutes when up popped central defender Jemerson to prod home from a free kick for 3-2 and it was soon 4-2 when a Mbappe cross was nodded in by substitute Valere Germain, who had come on for Falcao.

Two minutes later Thomas Lemar brutally punished some poor goalkeeping by Jourdren and in the dying stages Adama Traore rounded off the rout from a tight angle.

The highlight of the weekend action in Ligue 1 comes on Sunday when struggling Marseille -- now with a new coach and new owner -- travel to PSG.

Lucien Favre's Nice bid to extend their impressive unbeaten run when they visit Metz the same day.

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