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Radamel Falcao scores as Monaco beat Leicester

Leicester City were given a tough test as they lost 3-0 at home to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in an entertaining friendly match on Sunday.

Two goals in the first half from Layvin Kurzawa and Radamel Falcao were added to in the second half, when left-back Marcel Tisserand made it 3-0.

The home side had positives to take out of the game ahead of their opening day fixture against Middlesbrough. Chances to get on the scoresheet themselves came from Chris Wood, Matty James and Neil Danns, but the luck wasn't with the Foxes.

Nigel Pearson again opted for a 3-5-2 formation that succeeded in the 1-0 win away at Port Vale on Tuesday. The back three of Zac Whitebread, Wes Morgan and Sean St. Ledger, with Paul Konchesky on the left and Ritchie De Laet on the right. 

A centre-midfield consisted of Danny Drinkwater, Matty James and Andy King controlled the midfield, along with Jamie Vardy and Chris Wood started up front.

AS Monaco started a strong starting eleven, that starred Falcao, Joao Moutinho, Jeremy Toulalan, Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal.

The home side started well, with Drinkwater pulling back a cross for Matty James to shoot, only for his shot to be turned around the post by Danijel Subasic.

Claude Ranieri's men then replied with a couple of shots from outside the area, with one resulting in a corner.

Joao Moutinho took the corner and found the head of left back Kurzawa at the front post who steered the ball past Kasper Schmeichel to make it 1-0.

The first half continued to entertain the crowd and although Monaco had gone ahead, Leicester nearly equalised through Wood, when he picked up a Drinkwater ball and smashed the ball at Subasic, only for the goalkeeper to tip it over.

Falcao finally started to get into the game and had two chances to go ahead, but Schmeichel denied the Columbia forward twice. 

But he finally got onto the scoresheet with five minutes remaining, when Andrea Raggi's low cross found its way to the forward who tapped into a empty net, to the frustration to Kasper Schmeichel.

In the second half, Pearson changed to a 4-4-2 formation, with six players coming on. Ben Marshall and Anthony Knockaert both came on to increase the creativity for the home side.

The visitors continued to progress in the match and Lucas Ocampos nearly made it 3-0, dragging a shot wide of Schemeichel's goal.

Ranieri brought on a whole new eleven, which included James Rodriguez and Jakob Poulson, leaving Falcao and Moutinho happy after dominating the game.

Lloyd Dyer and Jeff Schlupp started to look promising on the left in a quiet second half before Schlupp crossed low to Danns who shot at Knockaert, which more than likely would of gone in.

The game began to die down and with four minutes remaining, Tesserand raced through on goal to chip over Schemichel to wrap the game.

 

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