MONACO GO TOP DESPITE DIJON STALEMATE
MONACO took provisional top spot of Ligue 1 yesterday despite Europe’s best attacking side conceding a late goal in a 1-1 stalemate in Dijon. A Frederic Sammaritano equaliser snatched a point for the hosts three minutes from time after Monaco had led early following Guido Carrillo’s 17th minute goal. Monaco – the most prolific side in Europe’s big five leagues with an average of over three goals scored per game – are level on 33 points with Nice, but ahead on goal difference. Nice can regain the lead when they travel to Guingamp later with reigning champions Paris Saint Germain third, a point behind, and hosting Angers at Parc des Princes. In yesterday’s other Ligue 1 games, Rennes coach Christian Gourcuff saw as his side slip 2-1 at former club Lorient as Lille moved clear of the relegation zone with a 4-2 win against Caen. Monaco extended their run to nine games without defeat in all competitions. Argentine striker Carrillo who found the way through early at the Stade Gaston Gerard picking up a Djibril Sidibe shot which had been badly cleared by goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet for his sixth Ligue 1 goal.