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Monaco back on top of Ligue 1 after win against Lyon

Monaco back on top of Ligue 1 after win against Lyon
By Reuters

24/04/2017 at 00:23

Monaco claimed back the Ligue 1 lead on Sunday when goals by Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe gave them a 2-1 win at Olympique Lyonnais.

Falcao and Mbappe struck before the interval to put Monaco on 80 points from 33 games, ahead of Paris St Germain on goal difference.

French Champions PSG, who beat Montpellier 2-0 on Saturday, have played one extra game.

Nice's slim title chances took a knock when they were held 1-1 at Toulouse, Valentin Eysseric salvaging a point for the visitors when he cancelled out Corentin Jean's opener.

Nice are third on 74 points, with Lyon fifth on 54.

Nice's player's react after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Toulouse vs Nice, on April 23, 2017 at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse, southern France.

Nice's player's react after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Toulouse vs Nice, on April 23, 2017 at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse, southern France.Getty Images

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, whose side qualified for the Europa League final after a penalty shootout against Besiktas in the week, fielded a second-string team who struggled in the early stages.

Monaco, who have reached the Champions League final four, went ahead in the 36th minute when Falcao headed home from six metres in a packed area.

Mbappe struck, too, just before halftime with a low shot after being set up by Bernardo Silva's through pass. Lucas Tousart pulled one back in the 51st with a header from Memphis Depay's corner.

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (R) and Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin celebrate with supporters after defeating Lyon 2-1 in the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and AS Monaco, on April 23, 2017 at Parc Olympique

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (R) and Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin celebrate with supporters after defeating Lyon 2-1 in the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and AS Monaco, on April 23, 2017 at Parc OlympiqueGetty Images

Earlier, the game between St Etienne and Stade Rennais was interrupted after local fans managed to get into the stadium where the match was being played behind closed doors. Referee Ruddy Buquet sent the players to the dressing-room in the 16th minute.

The fans left the stadium quietly after some 15 minutes and the players came back on to the pitch.

The game, which ended 1-1, was being played behind closed doors after St Etienne were sanctioned for crowd trouble during a derby against arch rivals Lyon in February.

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