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Kylian Mbappe earned leaders Monaco a strong comeback in their 3-1 home win against Toulouse, moving a step further towards their first Ligue 1 title since 2000, while bottom-ranked Bastia bagged three points from their 1-0 victory over Rennes.

Monaco, coming back from midweek's 0-5 French Cup semifinals loss to Paris Saint-Germain with many stars rested, on Saturday changed their normal starting XI at a crucial stage in chasing their first league trophy over the past 17 years.

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AS Monaco went back to the top spot on goal difference after winning 2-1 at Olympique Lyon while third-placed Nice dropped crucial points in the Ligue 1 title race as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Toulous.

Strikers Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe earned Monaco a two-goal lead going into halftime late on Sunday night before Lyon's midfielder Lucas Tousart pulled one back shortly after the interval.

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Fueled by Hatem Ben Arfa's two goals and one assist, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) eased past third-tier club US Avranches 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the French Cup football tournament and moved one step further towards defending their title.

PSG's head coach Unai Emery made eight changes to the starting line-up on Wednesday from last Saturday's French League Cup final, with the attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler all rested for the game.

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Paris Saint-Germain's attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler shone in their fourth straight French League Cup final victory, as they beat rivals AS Monaco 4-1. It was the first time that French League Cup, inaugurated in 1995, saw its final staged outside the Paris region.

The capital club took an early lead just four minutes into the game on Saturday, as Marco Verratti's pass found Di Maria, who unselfishly teed up Draxler to put the ball into an empty goal.

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Monaco maintained their recent momentum with a 3-0 away win over Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday to maintain a three-point lead over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who beat Olympique Lyon 2-1 at home.

Missing their top scorer Radamel Falcao due to a hip injury, French football league leaders Monaco were boosted by an excellent performance by promising youngster Kylian Mbappe.

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AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid became the latest UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists after eliminating their respective opponents Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen in the return leg of the last 16 stage.

Enjoying a 5-3 advantage from the first leg at their home ground, Manchester City did not play conservatively in an attack-oriented affair on Wednesday night against Monaco, who had tallied 123 goals coming into the match.

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Monaco remained three points clear of the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 football championship with a 5-0 thrashing of Metz at home, while Alexandre Lacazette's 20th league goal was not enough to prevent Lyon's 1-2 loss against Guingamp away.

Teenage striker Kylian Mbappe on Saturday finished with a brilliant hat-trick in Monaco's win, and Radamel Falcao had his 15th and 16th goals to power the leaders forward at the Stade Louis II.

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