Monaco surge towards Europe with fifth straight win

Monaco surge towards Europe with fifth straight win

Monaco surge towards Europe with fifth straight win

Monaco surge towards Europe with fifth straight win

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Monaco beat neighborhood opponents Nice 1-zero on Wednesday as the resurgent principality facet claimed a fifth immediately win and moved above their buddies within the combat for European qualification in Ligue 1.

Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin scored the handiest goal of the sport in first-half stoppage time within the Cote d’Azur derby, turning inside the loose ball after goalkeeper Walter Benitez did not preserve Vanderson’s low center.

Monaco had been 8 points at the back of Nice at the stop of February however have due to the fact located form with six wins in seven league outings to move from mid-table and provisionally into fourth function.

Ambitious Nice, owned by British group Ineos, had appeared set for Champions League qualification after beating Paris Saint-Germain in early March but a run of one win in six since then has jeopardized their European prospects.

Only the top three in Ligue 1 qualify for the Champions League with fourth going into the Europa League and fifth into the Europa Conference League.

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PSG could clinch their eighth Ligue 1 title in 10 years later on Wednesday as they play away to waves of anger without the injured Lionel Messi and the suspended Neymar.

To do so they are relying on a slip-up by Marseille, who lie 15 points adrift in second place with six games left.

If Marseille fails to win at home to Nantes, then Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be confirmed as champions by bettering the result of their nearest challengers.

Meanwhile six-time champions Bordeaux remain in serious danger of being relegated to Ligue 2 after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Saint-Etienne.

The result means Bordeaux is 19th, four points, and one place behind Saint-Etienne who sit in the relegation play-off spot.

Clermont climbed above the latter and out of the relegation sector altogether by way of winning 1-zero at Troyes.

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Bottom side Metz is eight points from outright protection after losing 1-zero at Lorient at the same time as outgoing champions Lille lost 2-1 at Reims, an end result that probable alerts the give up of their European possibilities.

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