Monaco held to goal­less draw by Lille in the French league

The China Post - - SPORTS -

A su­perb per­for­mance from Lille goal­keeper Vin­cent Enyeama held Monaco to a goal­less draw in the French league on Fri­day in a game marred by in­juries to two key Monaco play­ers.

Ahead of the first leg of its Cham­pi­ons League play­off against Va­len­cia, Monaco lost French de­fender Layvin Kurzawa and Por­tuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho, who could miss next week’s trip to Spain.

“We had a good first- half and we could have scored,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said. “Then we were se­ri­ously dis­ad­van­taged by the in­juries of Kurzawa and Moutinho. They are go­ing to un­dergo fur­ther tests.”

Kurzawa came off the pitch in the 48th minute with prob­lem to his left an­kle and Moutinho was re­placed 25 min­utes from time af­ter a rough tackle from Mounir Ob­badi left him hob­bling.

Monaco had the best chances in the first half but could not find a way past Enyeama, one of the league’s best keep­ers.

The 32- year- old Nige­rian first de­nied Na­bil Di­rar’s ef­fort from close range with a save to his right af­ter 12 min­utes, then pushed the ball away with a div­ing save from Moutinho’s free kick on the stroke of half­time.

Monaco, which moved pro­vi­sion­ally to the top of the stand­ings with four points from two games, strug­gled to break Lille’s solid de­fense af­ter the in­ter­val and Enyeama was decisive again in the 77th, keep­ing a firm hand to stop Ri­cardo Car­valho’s header.

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