Golovin hat trick as Monaco win again | Ralph-Lauren

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Aleksandr Golovin has scored a hat trick and set up the other goal as Monaco won 4-3 at Nimes for a seventh straight win in the French Ligue 1.

Russia’s midfield star from the 2018 World Cup put Monaco 2-0 up with identical-looking goals inside 11 minutes on Sunday, ghosting to the back post to meet two crosses from Fode Ballo-Toure.

Striker Wissam Ben Yedder had a goal disallowed soon after as Monaco made a rampant start, only for its leaky defence to allow Nimes to get back in the game.

Zinedine Ferhat set up Lucas Deaux and then scored himself to make it 2-2 after 30 minutes of a thrilling half.

Fourth-place Monaco’s total of 35 goals conceded is the highest of the top six but it has now scored 50.

Golovin restored the lead in the 61st minute when his free kick from the left went past everyone, including unsighted goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet, for his hat trick.

Niko Kovac’s slick coaching has helped move Monaco up the table, and they face defending champion Paris Saint-Germain in two weeks.

In other mathches, Montpellier beat struggling Dijon 4-2 as defender Vitorino Hilton made his 500th appearance in the French first division.

Hwang Ui-jo continued his good form with a second-half goal but it was not enough as Bordeaux lost 2-1 at Brest.

Meanwhile Nice beat Angers 3-0 and Saint-Etienne defeated Metz 1-0.

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