PARIS (AP) — Monaco cruised to a 4-1 victory over 10-man Montpellier in the French league on Sunday following a hat trick from Emmanuel Riviere, while Edinson Cavani scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain as the French champion drew 1-1 at home to Ajaccio.
Radamel Falcao gave Monaco a deserved lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after Lucas Ocampos was fouled by Siaka Tiene.
Montpellier, which drew against defending champion PSG last week, leveled six minutes later when Victor Montano beat Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho to head in Benjamin Stambouli's cross.
Monaco restored its lead just before halftime when Riviere won the ball off Daniel Congre and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier.
Riviere doubled his tally in the 57th, and matters got even worse for Montpellier when Congre was sent off six minutes later following a foul on Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.
Riviere completed his hat trick nine minutes from time, heading into an empty net after Pionnier had parried Ferreira Carrasco's deflected shot.
Despite being one of the three promoted sides, Monaco is widely expected to be the closest challenger to PSG this season after spending heavily in the offseason. It has won both its opening games, while PSG has drawn both.
"It's perfect at the moment," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. "Two games, six points. Today was very difficult, against a team which plays very compact.
"But Monaco played well, I'm happy. It is important to win but also to play well. I'm happy with that. Now I want to see how things continue, it won't be easy."
In Paris, Ajaccio took a shock lead in the ninth minute. Adrian Mutu cut the ball back to Benoit Pedretti, who unleashed a stunning first-time shot into the top right corner.