French Ligue 1

Lille 2-0 Monaco

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Nolan Roux scores Lille's first against Monaco

Monaco lost their first Ligue 1 game of the season as two goals for Nolan Roux gave Lille victory that moved them up to second.

Roux poked home the opener in the first half before tapping in the second after a counter attack midway through the second half.

Monaco had few chances, but were also frustrated by Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

The Nigeria international kept out Radamel Falcao's powerful effort, and denied Emmanuel Riviere at close range.

Lille move above Monaco and to within two points of leaders Paris St-Germain.

Monaco had arrived at Lille looking to record their eighth win in 12 league games, and one that would see them remain level on points with PSG.

But they were lacklustre for much of the first half, with Falcao finding himself largely isolated.

Instead it was Lille who looked the more dangerous and they opened the scoring just before the half hour mark.

Marka Basa headed goalwards and Roux was on hand to stab in from close range.

Monaco had a chance to equalise soon after when Yannick Ferreira Carrasco pounced on a poor back pass and although he was beaten to the ball by Enyeama, the keeper's clearance looped into the path of Falcao, whose audacious first-time effort from distance flew over the open goal.

The visitors had a strong call for a penalty waved away early in the second half when Layvin Kurzawa appeared to be fouled inside the area as he had raced on to a James Rodriguez pass.

That, perhaps, proved a crucial moment as Lille doubled their advantage with 20 minutes remaining. Falcao's shot was expertly saved by Enyeama and the home side embarked on a quick counter attack as Salomon Kalou fed Rio Mavuba, who in turn squared for the unmarked Roux to strike from close range.

The goal effectively ended the game as a contest, but Enyeama ensured Lille's seventh successive league clean sheet with a couple of important late saves, keeping out Falcao's angled shot and then Riviere's follow up.



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Enyeama
  • 15SidibeBooked at 23mins
  • 23Souaré
  • 24Mavuba
  • 14Kjaer
  • 25Basa
  • 4Balmont
  • 20RodelinSubstituted forMeitéat 76'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 8Kalou
  • 26RouxSubstituted forRuizat 82'minutes
  • 5Gueye


  • 6Delaplace
  • 7Ruiz
  • 9De Melo
  • 12Meité
  • 16Elana
  • 22Rozehnal
  • 27Origi


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Subasic
  • 24RaggiSubstituted forFabinhoat 82'minutes
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 19Obbadi
  • 6Carvalho
  • 22Abidal
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 28Toulalan
  • 9FalcaoBooked at 88mins
  • 8João MoutinhoBooked at 75mins
  • 17Ferreira-CarrascoSubstituted forRivièreat 45'minutes


  • 2Fabinho
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 18Germain
  • 20Isimat-Mirin
  • 27Kondogbia
  • 29Rivière
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lille 2, Monaco 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lille 2, Monaco 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Vincent Enyeama.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mounir Obbadi (Monaco).

  6. Post update

    Florent Balmont (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Lille. Simon Kjaer tries a through ball, but John Jairo Ruiz is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmanuel Rivière (Monaco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

  11. Post update

    Eric Abidal (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by John Jairo Ruiz (Lille).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

  14. Post update

    Florent Balmont (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Marko Basa (Lille) because of an injury.

  17. Booking

    Falcao (Monaco) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Booking

    Soualiho Meité (Lille) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Soualiho Meité (Lille).

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