French Ligue 1
Bastia0Monaco2

Bastia 0-2 Monaco

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez scored both goals as Monaco moved back to within five points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain with a win at Bastia.

The Colombian scored in both halves as Monaco won for the first time in three matches to keep alive their faint title hopes in the French top flight.

Former Porto winger Rodriguez scored the opener with a 20-yard free-kick.

His second goal came as he latched on to Valere Germain's pass before finishing calmly inside the far post.

Rodriguez, who signed from Porto with Joao Moutinho in May for a combined fee of £60m, was recalled to the starting line-up after being on the substitutes bench for Wednesday's French Cup tie at Nice.

And it proved a masterstroke by manager Claudio Ranieri, who was without former Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov because of a knee injury, as they inflicted just a second home season loss on Bastia.

Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, had the best chance for the hosts in the first half but couldn't direct his headed effort on target from Julian Palmieri's corner.

An uneventful opening period came to life on 45 minutes when Rodriguez drilled home a free-kick from 20 yards, having been fouled himself.

The contest was effectively ended when Rodriguez advanced unchallenged towards goal before firing home his fifth of the season.

Line-ups

Bastia

  • 16Leca
  • 23Diakité
  • 15PalmieriSubstituted forBoudebouzat 81'minutes
  • 21Harek
  • 5SquillaciBooked at 44mins
  • 20Modesto
  • 22YatabaréBooked at 62mins
  • 18Cahuzac
  • 28Araujo Dall'lgnaSubstituted forBrunoat 76'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 12CisséSubstituted forKhazriat 67'minutes
  • 6Koffi Ndri Romaric

Substitutes

  • 7Krasic
  • 9Bruno
  • 10Khazri
  • 13Boudebouz
  • 19Ba
  • 27Sablé
  • 40Samuel

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 2Fabinho
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 28Toulalan
  • 20Isimat-Mirin
  • 6Carvalho
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forDirarat 90+3'minutes
  • 18GermainSubstituted forMartialat 90'minutes
  • 29RivièreBooked at 56minsSubstituted forOcamposat 68'minutes
  • 27Kondogbia

Substitutes

  • 7Dirar
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 19Obbadi
  • 23Martial
  • 24Raggi
Referee:
Ruddy Buquet

Match Stats

Home TeamBastiaAway TeamMonaco
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bastia 0, Monaco 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bastia 0, Monaco 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Anthony Martial (Monaco).

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Nabil Dirar replaces James Rodríguez.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

  6. Post update

    Sambou Yatabaré (Bastia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Martial (Monaco).

  8. Post update

    Sébastien Squillaci (Bastia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Cahuzac (Bastia).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Anthony Martial replaces Valere Germain.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Jean-Louis Leca.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Francois Modesto (Bastia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bastia. Conceded by Danijel Subasic.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco) because of an injury.

  19. Booking

    Gianni Bruno (Bastia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 15th February 2014

  • BastiaBastia0MonacoMonaco2
  • LorientLorient1ToulouseToulouse3
  • NiceNice0NantesNantes0
  • ReimsReims1BordeauxBordeaux0
  • RennesRennes2MontpellierMontpellier2
  • SochauxSochaux1GuingampGuingamp0

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