- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

PARIS (AP) - Monaco is shaping up as a French title contender after dispatching Montpellier 6-2 on Friday night, with Radamel Falcao celebrating his return from injury with a goal.

The win moved Monaco up to second place, one point behind Nice ahead of this weekend’s games, and took Monaco’s goal tally to 29 goals in 10 games so far.

Falcao started his first game since sustaining a concussion against French league rival Nice on Sept. 21, and leveled for Monaco from the penalty spot in the 36th minute after midfielder Ryad Boudebouz had opened the scoring for the visitors with an early free kick.

But the star of the night for Monaco was 17-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe, who won the penalty from which Falcao scored and expertly headed a goal of his own shortly after the break before setting up another for striker Valere Germain in the 74th.

It was only Mbappe’s second start of the season but the player’s outstanding ability will make it difficult to leave him out of the side. He was France’s best player when it won the under-19s European Championship last summer, scoring five goals.

Monaco’s other goals came in the second half from Brazilian defender Jemerson and midfielders Thomas Lemar and Adama Traore.

Boudebouz got Montpellier’s other goal from the penalty spot to make it 2-2 in the 61st.

Nice travels to Metz on Sunday while defending champion Paris Saint-Germain hosts bitter rival Marseille, needing a win to move level with Monaco.

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