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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
  • 2Fabinho
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Monaco 3, Nantes 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Monaco 3, Nantes 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fabrice Pancrate (Nantes).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Oswaldo Vizcarrondo.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Veigneau (Nantes).

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Nantes. Fabrice Pancrate replaces Banel Nicolita.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Nantes. Conceded by Jérémy Toulalan.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Banel Nicolita (Nantes).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 6th April 2014

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