VIDEO: Incredible Falcao free kick sets up Monaco equaliser

The striker is getting back to his best level and was the decisive factor for his side at the weekend, even when he did not score himself

Radamel Falcao played only half an hour of Monaco’s 2-1 win over Dijon, yet the Colombia star did enough in that time to scoop the Man of the Match award.

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He came on the field with his side trailing to a Cedric Varrault goal, but transformed the encounter with two memorable free kicks.

The second picked out the top corner of the net, but was perfectly set up by the first. They were both taken from the same area, but while he went right with his later effort, goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet had shifted his weight to the opposite side.

Falcao’s earlier effort prompted the decisive movement from the shot-stopper, who had seen an effort crash off the underside of his bar minutes earlier from the same player. That had brought about the equaliser, with the ball touching the keeper on the way down and resting on the line, where it stayed until Nabil Dirar poked home.

Falcao is now on 18 league goals for the season, but it was that contribution that will not even go down as an assist that was so critical to Monaco retaining a three-point lead atop Ligue 1. 

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