French Ligue 1
MonacoMonaco1NiceNice0
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Monaco 1, Nice 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Monaco 1, Nice 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Fabinho (Monaco).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Christian Brüls (Nice).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Nice).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Nice. Paulin Puel replaces Valentin Eysseric.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dario Cvitanich (Nice).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Emmanuel Rivière replaces Dimitar Berbatov.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Timothée Kolodziejczak (Nice).

  20. Post update

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

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