MONACO STALE­MATE HANDS INI­TIA­TIVE TO NICE

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SUR­PRISE pack­age Nice can stretch their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to six points after Monaco could only labour to a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne.

Un­beaten Nice host strug­gling Nantes know­ing that vic­tory would pro­pel them clear in the French league, with Monaco now sec­ond, ahead of Paris Saint Ger­main only on goal dif­fer­ence in what looks in­creas­ingly like a three-way ti­tle fight.

Monaco went ahead in Saint-Etienne after only five min­utes yes­ter­day thanks to cen­tre­back Kamil Glik, but the home side pulled level just 13 min­utes later through de­fender Loic Per­rin’s bul­let header.

Monaco were marginally the bet­ter side without cre­at­ing enough clear-cut chances.

Ear­lier, 10-man Lyon sur­vived a late on­slaught to earn a 2-1 away win at high-fly­ing Toulouse with Alexan­dre La­cazette scor­ing both goals.

It was just Lyon’s fifth win in 11 league out­ings this sea­son, after coach Brunio Ge­n­e­sio was handed an ul­ti­ma­tum last week by club owner Jean-Michel Au­las to notch up 31 points be­fore the win­ter break or face the chop.

Last year’s run­ners-up now have 16 points with eight games still to come be­fore Christ­mas.

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