Love conquers all for Monaco


Vagner Love saved Monaco’s Valentine’s Day as they came from behind at St Etienne to snatch a vital point in the race for the Ligue 1 runners-up spot.

The home side, who trail second-placed Monaco by six points, had taken a 57th-minute lead through Moustapha Bayal Sall’s strike, but Love levelled with just six minutes remaining to ensure the spoils were shared. It was January signing Love’s first goal for the club.

Lyon maintained their pursuit of the pacesetters with a 4-1 demolition of Caen at the Stade des Lumieres.

The hosts led 3-0 at the break through efforts from Samuel Umtiti, Alexandre Lacazette and Maxwell Cornet, and although Andy Delort’s 58th-minute goal gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, Corentin Tolisso extinguished it for good seven minutes from time.

Nice remain in the hunt for a top-four finish after their 1-1 home draw with Marseille, although they had keeper Yoan Cardinale and the woodwork to thank for their point.

The visitors took a ninth-minute lead when Mauricio Isla headed home from Romain Alessandrini’s cross, and they remained in front until Valere Germain levelled after 58 minutes with Vincent Koziello the provider.

The visitors went close to a winner twice within seconds when Georges-Kevin Nkoudou saw his 71st-minute header saved by Cardinale before Michy Batshuayi headed against the post, but Nice survived.

Paris St Germain’s run of 16 consecutive wins in all competitions was brought to an end by Lille.

Parc des Princes witnessed its first goalless draw in Ligue 1 for more than a year as Laurent Blanc rested the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta and Maxwell ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Chelsea.

Lille, beaten 6-1 last time out in Paris, rode their luck at times but held on, with PSG extending their unbeaten run in the league to 35 games.

Nantes climbed to fifth in the table with a 2-1 victory over Britanny rivals Lorient.

First-half goals from Adryan and Emiliano Sala were enough to make it 12 games unbeaten for Nantes, with Benjamin Moukandjo scoring 12 minutes from time for the visitors.

Bordeaux ended a run of three consecutive defeats by beating Guingamp 4-2.

Adam Ounas and Diego Rolan put Bordeaux two up but Thibault Giresse pulled one back just before the break and Marcus Coco equalised for Guingamp in the 58th minute.

However, nine minutes later Clement Chantome restored Bordeaux’s lead and they made sure of the points through Cheick Diabate a minute from time.

Bottom side Troyes claimed only their second win of the season, beating Gazelec Ajaccio 3-2 to drag the Corsicans back into the relegation zone.

Troyes could not have made a worse start as Jacques Zoua gave Gazelec the lead in the opening minute but they were 3-1 up at half-time thanks to Chaouki Ben Saada and a brace from Karim Azamoum.

Roderic Filippi netted for the hosts in the second half but they could not find an equaliser.

In another big game at the bottom, goals from Mustapha Yatabare and Souleymane Camara gave Montpellier a crucial 2-0 win over Toulouse.

Meanwhile, Bastia won away from home for the first time all season, Floyd Ayite’s goal three minutes after half-time giving them a 1-0 victory over struggling Reims.

An Arnold Bouka Moutou own goal in time added on gave Rennes a 1-0 win over Angers on Friday night.

The moment of good fortune allowed Rolland Courbis’ men to skip above their visitors in the table, the win putting them fifth, a point outside of the top four.

Bouka Moutou was defending a corner in his own box in the first minute of stoppage time, and barely moved his head as Paul-Georges Ntep’s corner from the left swung in and hit him before flying in.


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