French Ligue 1
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Monaco 1-0 Nice

Monaco celebrate

Dimitar Berbatov scored a fantastic goal to keep Monaco's slim Ligue 1 title hopes alive by beating Nice in the Cote d'Azur derby.

The 33-year-old controlled the ball, let it bounce in front of him, and then clipped it over keeper David Ospina from a tight angle after five minutes.

Monaco, promoted from Ligue 2 last summer, trail Paris St-Germain - who have a game in hand - by seven points with only four matches left.

PSG can wrap up the title next weekend.

If the defending champions win against Evian on Wednesday, they will claim the title if Claudio Ranieri's Monaco lose at bottom club Ajaccio next Saturday or if PSG beat strugglers Sochaux the following day.

Bulgarian Berbatov has scored three league goals in nine games for Monaco since joining on loan in January from Fulham.

Line-ups

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 2Fabinho
  • 24Raggi
  • 28Toulalan
  • 6Carvalho
  • 5Abdennour
  • 8João MoutinhoBooked at 47mins
  • 19Obbadi
  • 15BerbatovSubstituted forRivièreat 84'minutes
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forDirarat 75'minutes
  • 18GermainSubstituted forKondogbiaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dirar
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 22Abidal
  • 23Martial
  • 27Kondogbia
  • 29Rivière

Nice

  • 1Ospina
  • 15Puel
  • 3KolodziejczakBooked at 80mins
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Genevois
  • 24Bodmer
  • 14PiedSubstituted forBrülsat 58'minutes
  • 6Digard
  • 18MaupaySubstituted forCvitanichat 57'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 13EyssericSubstituted forPuelat 88'minutes
  • 11Bautheac

Substitutes

  • 7Abriel
  • 10Brüls
  • 12Cvitanich
  • 21Palun
  • 33Amavi
  • 34Puel
  • 40Hassen
Referee:
Laurent Duhamel

Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamNice
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Monaco 1, Nice 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Monaco 1, Nice 0.

Foul by Fabinho (Monaco).

Éric Bautheac (Nice) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

Didier Digard (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Brüls (Nice).

Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Nice).

Substitution

Substitution, Nice. Paulin Puel replaces Valentin Eysseric.

Booking

Dario Cvitanich (Nice) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aymen Abdennour (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dario Cvitanich (Nice).

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Emmanuel Rivière replaces Dimitar Berbatov.

Attempt missed. Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov following a fast break.

Booking

Timothée Kolodziejczak (Nice) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Timothée Kolodziejczak (Nice).

Nabil Dirar (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Éric Bautheac (Nice).

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Dimitar Berbatov.

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Fabinho.

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Aymen Abdennour.

Attempt blocked. Éric Bautheac (Nice) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothée Kolodziejczak.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Nabil Dirar replaces James Rodríguez.

Offside, Monaco. Fabinho tries a through ball, but Mounir Obbadi is caught offside.

Foul by Andrea Raggi (Monaco).

Valentin Eysseric (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Monaco. Geoffrey Kondogbia tries a through ball, but James Rodríguez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mounir Obbadi.

Attempt saved. Mathieu Bodmer (Nice) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Éric Bautheac with a cross.

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Danijel Subasic.

Attempt saved. Dario Cvitanich (Nice) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Geoffrey Kondogbia replaces Valère Germain.

Offside, Nice. Valentin Eysseric tries a through ball, but Dario Cvitanich is caught offside.

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco).

Romain Genevois (Nice) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Nice. Conceded by Danijel Subasic.

Attempt blocked. Valentin Eysseric (Nice) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Brüls.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 20th April 2014

  • MonacoMonaco1NiceNice0
  • BastiaBastia2AjaccioAjaccio1
  • BordeauxBordeaux5GuingampGuingamp1
  • LorientLorient4MontpellierMontpellier4
  • ReimsReims0SochauxSochaux1
  • ValenciennesValenciennes2NantesNantes6
  • MarseilleMarseille0LilleLille0

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