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Montpellier 1-1 Monaco

Mbaye Niang
Mbaye Niang

M'Baye Niang's equaliser earned Montpellier a draw as Monaco missed a chance to move level on points with leaders Paris St-Germain.

Layvin Kurzawa finished from James Rodriguez's free-kick to put Monaco ahead just after the interval.

But Niang scored from the rebound after his penalty was saved.

In the first round of games after the winter break, Paris St-Germain can move five points clear in Saturday's game against bottom-of-the-table Ajaccio.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao was given his first start since November following injury but Claudio Ranieri's side, beaten 2-1 at home by Valenciennes before the break, moved ahead when Kurzawa turned in from Rodriguez for his second goal in three games.

But midway through the second half on-loan AC Milan striker Niang turned in from close range after his penalty, awarded for Eric Abidal's challenge on Remy Cabella, was saved.

Line-ups

Montpellier

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Jourdren
  • 25Deplagne
  • 3Congré
  • 20Sanson
  • 4Da Silva
  • 21El Kaoutari
  • 6MarveauxSubstituted forTiénéat 62'minutes
  • 22Stambouli
  • 9NiangSubstituted forMontañoat 74'minutes
  • 10Cabella
  • 7MounierBooked at 38minsSubstituted forCamaraat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pionnier
  • 5Tiéné
  • 8Martin
  • 19Camara
  • 23Saihi
  • 26Jebbour
  • 29Montaño

Monaco

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Subasic
  • 24Raggi
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 28ToulalanBooked at 89mins
  • 6Carvalho
  • 22AbidalBooked at 67mins
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 9FalcaoBooked at 31mins
  • 29RivièreSubstituted forOcamposat 82'minutes
  • 19ObbadiBooked at 47minsSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fabinho
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 18Germain
  • 20Isimat-Mirin
  • 27Kondogbia
Referee:
Amaury Delerue

Match Stats

Home TeamMontpellierAway TeamMonaco
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Montpellier 1, Monaco 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Montpellier 1, Monaco 1.

  3. Post update

    Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Souleymane Camara (Montpellier).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco).

  6. Post update

    Mathieu Deplagne (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Rémy Cabella (Montpellier).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Ocampos.

  10. Booking

    Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

  12. Post update

    Víctor Hugo Montaño (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Congré (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Ricardo Carvalho.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco).

  16. Post update

    Rémy Cabella (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

  18. Post update

    Morgan Sanson (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Víctor Hugo Montaño (Montpellier).