Islam Slimani: Algeria star equals Emmanuel Riviere's six-year AS Monaco record

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The 31-year-old becomes the second Red and Whites player to get at least three goals in his first two French top-flight games in over 50 seasons

Islam Slimani’s brace against Strasbourg in AS Monaco’s 2-2 draw on Sunday means he became the second Red and Whites player to score at least three goals in his first two French top-flight games.

The Algerian, who is on a season-long loan from Leicester City, found the target on his debut against Nimes and continued his fine form for Leonardo Jardim’s team with two first-half goals at the weekend.

This means the 31-year-old has now scored three goals in his first two Ligue 1 appearances, to take his place in the Monaco history books alongside former France youth international Emmanuel Riviere.

He was on parade from start to finish as the Red and Whites continued their unbeaten start to the season – albeit languishing in relegation waters with two points from as many matches.

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Monaco welcome Olympique Marseille to the Stade Louis II on September 15 for their next league fixture after the international break.

After failed loan expeditions at Newcastle United and Fenerbahce, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner would be hoping to silence his critics by getting more goals for the Stade Louis II outfit.

Slimani had previously played for JSM Cheraga, CR Belouizdad and Sporting CP.

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