Berbatov magic helps Monaco win in preparation for Arsenal clash

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Dimitar Berbatov had another good game as Monaco beat Evian 3-1. The Monegasque side are up to fourth in Ligue 1

Monaco continued their build-up to the second leg of their Champions League clash with Arsenal next week with a fairly comfortable 3-1 win over lowly Evian on Saturday night.

Goals from Anthony Martial and Dimitar Berbatov gave the away side a half-time lead, then Almamy Touré scored his first-ever goal for the club as they finished the weekend up in fourth place.

Leonardo Jardim was happy enough with his club's performance in an interview on the official Ligue 1 website, but with Evian coming back into it in the second-half, he had his reservations overall:

"In the first half, Monaco were the superior side against Evian, who played three matches this week," Jardim said.

"Third place in the table remains our objective. We're fourth now and we need to keep aiming high. Was it a beautiful match? That depends on whom you talk to. It's a tough question to answer. For me, a beautiful match takes place when my team plays well collectively with each player doing his part in the bigger plan."

Les Monegasques' line-up wasn't as make-shift as it was against Paris Saint-Germain. Aymen Abdennour made his return from suspension; he partnered Jeremy Toulalan at the back with Touré and Layvin Kurzawa at full-back. Fabinho continued his role as defensive midfielder.

It was Kurzawa who set-up Martial for the opener after 18 minutes, and then Berbatov turned on the magic for the second.

Joao Moutinho did well to find the Bulgarian, but his quick feet took him around goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy before finishing with the outside of his left foot. Officially the goal has been awarded to Kassim Abdallah, but the ball was already going in before the defender got a touch on the line.

Touré reacted well in the box to score in the second half and Evian's goal was nothing more than a consolation.

Monaco are now up in fourth place, with a game in hand to come against Montpellier. Victory there could move them within three of Marseille. A place in next season's Champions League is not beyond possible. Although they will be hoping to participate in this season's competition just a little bit longer when they defend a 3-1 lead against Arsenal next week.

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