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Morientes lifts Monaco to 4-0 win


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MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Monaco moved to the top of Champions League Group C with an impressive 4-0 win over Greek side AEK Athens.

On-loan Spanish striker Fernando Morientes struck twice and Ludovic Giuly and Dado Prso also scored as the French side extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Deportivo La Coruna got their first win in this season's competition with a Sergio freekick and a Walter Pandiani penalty sealing a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.

Monaco captain Giuly set Monaco on their way after just 23 minutes against AEK, tucking away his fifth goal of the season from close range.

But it was Morientes who did the real damage, doubling Monaco's lead four minutes later and adding a third in the second half before leaving the field to a standing ovation.

His replacement, Prso, struck Monaco's fourth on 86 minutes.

"We were slow to start and had difficulties early on," Monaco coach Didier Deschamps said. "But with guys like Giuly and Morientes in the team, we are always capable of scoring goals.

Deportivo took the lead after 20 minutes when Sergio's freekick clipped the wall and wrongfooted PSV keeper Ronald Waterreus. The Spaniards' second came after the break when Uruguayan forward Pandiani converted after a foul by Andre Ooijer in the box.

"It was pretty even," said Deportivo coach Javier Irureta. "PSV fought hard but we had the punch in attack.

Monaco lead the group on six points, two ahead of Deportivo. Olympiakos have one point, while PSV are still seeking their first point.


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