Monaco saw their season take another turn for the worse with a shock 3-1 home defeat by Metz in the French Cup on Tuesday.
Thierry Henry’s struggling principality side, who are winless at home in the league this season and stuck in the top flight’s relegation zone, failed to bounce back from the weekend’s 5-1 thrashing by Strasbourg.
Monaco got off to a typically poor start at the Stade Louis II, as Gauthier Hein pounced on sloppy play in the home defence to curl a magnificent left-footed strike into the top corner to give his second-tier side a 32nd-minute lead.
Radamel Falcao levelled for the hosts seven minutes later, but Metz restored their advantage just after the hour-mark when Marvin Gakpa capped a fine team move with a powerful drive past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
The second half entry of Cesc Fabregas as a substitute failed to inspire Monaco, as the visitors wrapped up victory with another flowing attack, cutting the hapless home defence to shreds before Ibrahima Niane tapped home.