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Berbatov brilliance helps Monaco sink Nice

Published: Sunday 20 April 2014, 22.53CET
AS Monaco FC closed within seven points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain courtesy of a 1-0 win at home to OGC Nice, before LOSC Lille drew 0-0 at Olympique de Marseille.

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Published: Sunday 20 April 2014, 22.53CET

Berbatov brilliance helps Monaco sink Nice

AS Monaco FC closed within seven points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain courtesy of a 1-0 win at home to OGC Nice, before LOSC Lille drew 0-0 at Olympique de Marseille.

Dimitar Berbatov was the star as AS Monaco FC downed OGC Nice 1-0 to move back within seven points of Ligue 1 pacesetters Paris Saint-Germain and eight clear of LOSC Lille, who drew 0-0 at Olympique de Marseille.

With Paris lifting the French League Cup yesterday, Claudio Ranieri's second-placed Monaco grasped their opportunity to shorten the lead, with Bulgarian forward Berbatov getting the only goal of the game via an outstanding lob from a tight angle after just five minutes.

Valère Germain struck the post for the hosts shortly after, but one goal proved enough for victory. The result leaves Paris needing two wins from their last five matches to retain their title, and they contest their game in hand at home against Évian Thonon Gaillard FC on Wednesday.

Monaco's success also strengthened their hold on France's last automatic UEFA Champions League berth, with LOSC unable to prevail in a tight encounter at sixth-placed Marseille. Elsewhere, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, in seventh, ended a run of five successive draws by seeing off EA Guingamp 5-1, Cheick Diabaté hitting a hat-trick, while Serge Gakpe scored twice as FC Nantes won 6-2 at Valenciennes FC.

As for Montpellier Hérault SC, they gave up a 4-1 lead at FC Lorient in the last three minutes, drawing 4-4 after losing goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren to a red card close to the half-hour. Third-bottom FC Sochaux-Montbéliard recorded a 1-0 victory at Stade de Reims, while basement side AC Ajaccio were relegated following a 2-1 loss to Corsican rivals SC Bastia.

Last updated: 20/04/14 23.11CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 20/04/2014 22:59 CET

20/04/2014

MarseilleMarseille0-0LOSCLOSC

Venue: Marseille

20/04/2014

BastiaBastia2-1AjaccioAjaccio

Raspentino 32, Squillaci 88

Camara 4

Venue: Bastia

20/04/2014

BordeauxBordeaux5-1GuingampGuingamp

Diabaté 8, 20, 26, Jussiê 48, Rolán 68 (P)

Diallo 29

Venue: Bordeaux

20/04/2014

LorientLorient4-4MontpellierMontpellier

Aliadière 31 (P), Monnet-Paquet 87, Aboubakar 90, 90+3

Cabella 26, 81, Niang 56, Deza 78

Venue: Lorient

20/04/2014

ReimsReims0-1SochauxSochaux

Corchia 41

Venue: Reims

20/04/2014

ValenciennesValenciennes2-6NantesNantes

Medjani 79, 86 (og), Bahebeck 83

Audel 24, Bedoya 41, Gakpe 44, 54, Nicoliţă 89

Venue: Valenciennes

20/04/2014

MonacoMonaco1-0NiceNice

Berbatov 5

Venue: Monaco

18/04/2014

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne0-0RennesRennes

Venue: Saint-Etienne

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