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Monaco defeat Nantes, Lyon bounce back

Published: Sunday 6 April 2014, 23.12CET
AS Monaco FC saw off FC Nantes 3-1 to go six points clear of third-placed LOSC Lille, as Olympique Lyonnais beat Valenciennes FC to regain ground on AS Saint-Étienne.
Monaco defeat Nantes, Lyon bounce back
James Rodríguez (left) scored twice for Monaco ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 6 April 2014, 23.12CET

Monaco defeat Nantes, Lyon bounce back

AS Monaco FC saw off FC Nantes 3-1 to go six points clear of third-placed LOSC Lille, as Olympique Lyonnais beat Valenciennes FC to regain ground on AS Saint-Étienne.

AS Monaco FC restored their six-point Ligue 1 advantage over third-placed LOSC Lille courtesy of a 3-1 victory against FC Nantes.

With Paris Saint-Germain seemingly out of sight courtesy of their 16-point lead at the start of the day, Monaco took on Nantes more concerned with protecting second place and France's last UEFA Champions League automatic qualifying berth.

LOSC's 2-1 success against Toulouse FC on Saturday had increased the pressure, but Claudio Ranieri's men began their response when James Rodríguez turned in Dimitar Berbatov's cross on 18 minutes. Andrea Raggi then headed in a corner 18 minutes from time and Rodríguez converted a penalty, before Alejandro Bedoya reduced the deficit.

Earlier in the day, Olympique Lyonnais regained ground on fourth-placed AS Saint-Étienne with a 2-1 victory at Valenciennes FC, a week after losing to Les Verts in the Rhone derby. Bafétimbi Gomis gave the visitors the lead with his 100th Ligue 1 goal on 29 minutes, and although Majeed Waris levelled halfway through the second period, Jordan Ferri struck from distance soon afterwards.

The hosts then lost Marco Da Silva to a red card but had a chance to level when Ferri handled in the area with four minutes remaining. Anthony Lopes dived left to deny Waris from the spot and secure Lyon the spoils, with Rémi Garde's men now four points shy of St-Étienne, who required Max Gradel's added-time penalty to salvage a 1-1 home draw with OGC Nice.

Last updated: 07/04/14 16.07CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 06/04/2014 22:56 CET

06/04/2014

MonacoMonaco3-1NantesNantes

James Rodríguez 18, 76 (P), Raggi 72

Bedoya 78

Venue: Monaco

06/04/2014

ValenciennesValenciennes1-2LyonLyon

Waris 66

Gomis 29, Ferri 69

Venue: Valenciennes

06/04/2014

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne1-1NiceNice

Gradel 90+1 (P)

Bodmer 57

Venue: Saint-Etienne

05/04/2014

ToulouseToulouse1-2LOSCLOSC

Aurier 90+3

Roux 26, Kalou 42 (P)

Venue: Toulouse

05/04/2014

BastiaBastia2-2SochauxSochaux

Bruno 53, Cissé 68

J. Ayew 45, Corchia 45+1

Venue: Bastia

05/04/2014

BordeauxBordeaux2-2RennesRennes

Hoarau 37, Rolán 61

Doucouré 64, Alessandrini 68

Venue: Bordeaux

05/04/2014

GuingampGuingamp1-2MontpellierMontpellier

Yatabaré 61

Sorbon 25 (og), Stambouli 27

Venue: Guingamp

05/04/2014

LorientLorient1-1ÉvianÉvian

Aliadière 5

Wass 70

Venue: Lorient

05/04/2014

ParisParis3-0ReimsReims

Cavani 43, Mandi 48 (og), 89 (og)

Venue: Paris

04/04/2014

MarseilleMarseille3-1AjaccioAjaccio

A. Ayew 3, 59, 76

Tallo 61

Venue: Marseille

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