Pressure on Thierry Henry as Monaco go winless in six games



THIERRY Henry endured another miserable evening as Monaco manager after Edinson Cavani’s hat-trick ushered Paris St Germain to a 4-0 victory at the Stade Louis II.

On a night when the linesmen came under scrutiny, Cavani scored twice inside 12 minutes – with both goals overturned on the video assistant referee system having been initially flagged for offside.

Cavani used his predatory instinct to complete his treble before Neymar completed the rout from the penalty spot, putting the defending Ligue 1 champions 13 points clear at the top of the standings.

Their fortunes are in stark contrast to those of Monaco, last season’s runners-up who are only being kept off the bottom spot on goal difference.

Henry, meanwhile, saw his winless run as Monaco boss stretched to six games, while this was their second 4-0 hammering at their own ground in six days.

“There was a difference in quality,” he said. “At the beginning of the match they were not serene but in the end it’s a pretty easy win for PSG.

“There was a reaction, no player lost focus. Even with all our injuries, we have created opportunities against PSG. We must stay positive.”

As the drizzle fell in the principality, Monaco made an enterprising start only to fall behind following PSG’s first sight at goal.

Their comical inability to clear their lines allowed Cavani to tap in at the back post from Neymar’s cross-cum-shot after five minutes.

Cavani was initially flagged for offside but VAR overturned the decision while technology again came to the Uruguayan’s aid as the visitors doubled their advantage seven minutes later.

Monaco’s evening worsened when Nacer Chadli limped off midway through the first half to be replaced by Jordi Mboula, who spurned a golden opportunity to score moments later when he miscued over the bar with the goal gaping. – MailOnline

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