Last season’s finalists Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain were set to repeat their duel in French League Cup final following Monaco’s 2-0 home victory over Montpellier.

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao finished a brace for Monaco, who were thrashed by PSG 4-1 last year, reports Xinhua news agency.

Falcao collected Djibril Sidibe’s cross before sweeping it into the net on 15 minutes.

Monaco were later awarded a penalty after Steven Jovetic was brought down by goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte but match referee Amaury Deleru withdrew his decision after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Falcao doubled the lead for the hosts in the 29th minute with his 22nd goal in all competitions this season.

Rony Lopes, who fed Falcao’s second goal of the match, thought that he would add another in the second period but that was disallowed as Falcao was offside before setting up Lopes’ goal.

PSG held off late comeback to win at Rennes 3-2 on Tuesday, when VAR system also functioned three times, cancelling one goal from each side and sending PSG forward Kylian Mbappe off the pitch.

PSG can expect their fifth straight title of the tournament against Monaco on March 31.