Monaco held to goalless draw by Lille in the French league
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.