French Ligue 1
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Monaco 3-1 Nantes

Monaco's James Rodriguez

Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez inspired Monaco as they beat lowly Nantes at Stade Louis II to keep their slim French title hopes alive.

Rodriguez drilled in a delightful left-foot shot to put Claudio Ranieri's side ahead, before his corner was headed in by Andrea Raggi from 12 yards.

Rodriguez, 22, who joined Monaco for £38.5m last summer, then fired in the third from the penalty spot.

USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya headed in a late consolation for the visitors.

Monaco are 13 points adrift of leaders Paris St-Germain, who won 3-0 against Reims on Saturday, with six games left.

The principality side moved six clear of third-placed Lille, with the top two automatically qualifying for the Champions League group phase next season.

Line-ups

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 2Tavares
  • 24RaggiBooked at 73mins
  • 28Toulalan
  • 6Carvalho
  • 22Abidal
  • 8João MoutinhoBooked at 62mins
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 18GermainSubstituted forOcamposat 73'minutes
  • 15BerbatovSubstituted forRivièreat 64'minutes
  • 19ObbadiSubstituted forKondogbiaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Abdennour
  • 7Dirar
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 27Kondogbia
  • 29Rivière

Nantes

  • 30DupéBooked at 76mins
  • 22CissokhoBooked at 60mins
  • 5Veigneau
  • 18Deaux
  • 26DjidjiBooked at 71mins
  • 4Vizcarrondo
  • 15NicolitaSubstituted forPancrateat 87'minutes
  • 12ToureSubstituted forVeretoutat 66'minutes
  • 23Shechter
  • 19Bedoya
  • 13GakpeSubstituted forAudelat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Pancrate
  • 11Bangoura
  • 16Zelazny
  • 21Audel
  • 24Alhadhur
  • 25Veretout
  • 33Toure
Referee:
Benoit Millot

Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamNantes
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Monaco 3, Nantes 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Monaco 3, Nantes 1.

Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabrice Pancrate (Nantes).

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Oswaldo Vizcarrondo.

Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

Fabrice Pancrate (Nantes) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Lucas Ocampos (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Olivier Veigneau (Nantes).

Attempt missed. James Rodríguez (Monaco) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Rivière.

Substitution

Substitution, Nantes. Fabrice Pancrate replaces Banel Nicolita.

Corner, Nantes. Conceded by Jérémy Toulalan.

Attempt blocked. Johan Audel (Nantes) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

Jordan Veretout (Nantes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andrea Raggi (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Banel Nicolita (Nantes).

Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes).

Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

Lucas Deaux (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Monaco 3, Nantes 1. Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Johan Audel with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Monaco 3, Nantes 0. James Rodríguez (Monaco) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Maxime Dupé (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Monaco. Fabinho draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Maxime Dupé (Nantes) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Lucas Ocampos replaces Valère Germain.

Booking

Andrea Raggi (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Monaco 2, Nantes 0. Andrea Raggi (Monaco) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Koffi Djidji.

Attempt blocked. Valère Germain (Monaco) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

James Rodríguez (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Banel Nicolita (Nantes).

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Geoffrey Kondogbia replaces Mounir Obbadi.

Booking

Koffi Djidji (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Emmanuel Rivière (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Koffi Djidji (Nantes).

Attempt saved. Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Deaux.

Offside, Nantes. Alejandro Bedoya tries a through ball, but Itay Shechter is caught offside.

Foul by Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco).

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