Leicester City 0-3 Monaco: Falcao on target in low-key win

The €60 million summer signing from Atletico Madrid took his time to get going but eventually found the back of the net, while Claudio Ranieri made 11 changes in one fell swoop
Radamel Falcao helped Monaco towards a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leicester City in a pre-season run out at the King Power Stadium.

The 27-year-old, who this week denied claims that he is in fact 29, took a while to get going at the sharp end of the Ligue 1 club's attack, but added to Layvin Kurzawa's goal before the break, and a late addition by Marcel Tisserand, to give Claudio Ranier's men the win.

The second half became something of a non-event when Ranieri made 11 substitutions all in one go just after the hour mark, but the first half provided some good attacking intent from both sides.

Indeed, Matty James forced a good save from visiting goalkeeper Danijel Subastic in the second minute after arriving late into the box, before Lucas Ocampos fired one over at the other end.

On eight minutes, Joao Moutinho forced Kasper Schmeichel into a decent save with an effort from 20 yards out, allowing the visitors to take the lead from the resulting corner. Former Porto man Moutinho whipped his set-piece into the near post, where it was met by the head of Kurzawa.

Leicester were not deterred, however, and continued to push forward; Chris Wood came close to finding an equaliser when he took aim for the top corner from the right-hand side of the area, only for Subastic to palm clear.

Falcao, a €60 million signing from Atletico Madrid, had a disappointing opening period. First he headed a Moutinho free kick over the crossbar under pressure from Zak Whitbread after 23 minutes, and then saw his low shot blocked by Wes Morgan after the ball broke loose in the area.

The Colombian then forced Schmeichel to pull one of his father's trademark saves out of the bag, the Dane sprawling at the striker's feet to smother with any part of his anatomy necessary.

Five minutes before the break, Wood beat his man in the area and cut the ball back for Jamie Vardy, whose shot was deflected into his own path. But despite beating the outrushing Subastic with a clever backheel, Mounir Obbadi was on hand to clear off the line.

And Monaco made them pay almost instantly. After getting involved in the build-up play, Falcao took up his position in the box, and when Andrea Raggi's low cross was dummied by Yannick Carrasco, the Colombian was left with a simple tap in from six yards.

The hosts rang the changes at half-time, and one of those replacements, Anthony Knockaert, almost pulled one back when his shot deflected off Eric Abidal, only for the ball to drop just wide of the post.

It was the game that dropped off after that point, with Monaco happy to sharpen their one-touch passing ability. Their quick moves did let Carrasco in on 58 minutes, however, only for the wideman to drag his shot wide.

And if the tempo was not already slow, it certainly was when Ranieri substituted his entire team after 65 minutes.

The Foxes took advantage of the visitors' malaise, but Neil Danns' goalbound shot was blocked by the back of his team-mate Knockaert. Almost as if to remind the fans there was a game on, Valere Germain had a low snap-shot saved by Schmeichel at the other end.

Jeff Schlupp spooned an effort into the crowd with eight minutes on the clock, and that looked to be that, until Tisserand was slipped in by Emmanuel Riviere on the left, allowing him to beat his man and hook a shot past a flailing Schmeichel to wrap things up.