Fonte rescues draw for Lille, Monaco proceed surge up desk


Portugal centre-back Jose Fonte’s late header rescued Ligue 1 leaders Lille a 1-1 draw towards Strasbourg on Sunday, whereas Monaco moved nearer to the highest of the desk by cruising previous Brest.

Lille at the moment are two factors forward of second-placed Paris Saint-Germain, though Lyon might transfer inside a degree of the pace-setters after they go to Marseille afterward Sunday.

Monaco sit in fourth place, solely 4 factors off the summit.

Christophe Galtier’s Lille, bidding for a primary main trophy since successful the league and French Cup double in 2011, are unbeaten in 9 league video games since a defeat by Angers in early January, however misplaced each legs of their Europa League last-32 tie.

“We’re disillusioned,” Fonte advised Canal+. “We did all the pieces within the second half, however we’ve got to create extra probabilities.

“However we did not lose… There was maybe a little bit of fatigue from the sport (on Thursday) towards Ajax, however there aren’t any excuses, we’ve got to do higher.

“It is a disappointment, however we proceed the struggle. It is not over.”

House workforce Lille began on the entrance foot and had a penalty attraction waved away within the seventeenth minute after Jonathan David went down within the space, regardless of a VAR assessment.

However they fell behind 9 minutes earlier than half-time as Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque volleyed residence.

Ajorque virtually doubled his tally two minutes later, however his header was effectively saved by Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

Sven Botman noticed a header saved out by Strasbourg’s Eiji Kawashima and David additionally fired over earlier than the break.

Two good second-half probabilities each fell to Jonathan Ikone, however the younger Lille ahead, who snapped a 10-game purpose drought within the win over Lorient final weekend, noticed his low effort saved by Kawashima and a header fly over.

However Lille have been to not be denied the purpose which ensured they’d finish the weekend prime, as Fonte rose highest to move residence Benjamin Andre’s cross with 4 minutes remaining.

– Monaco march on –

Earlier on Sunday, Monaco prolonged their unbeaten run to 12 video games with a 2-0 win over Brest.

Targets deep into the second half from Stevan Jovetic and Kevin Volland sealed the Principality membership’s ninth win from their final 10 outings.

At Monaco’s Stade Louis II, Brest goalkeeper Gautier Larsonneur had saved the guests within the hunt, particularly when denying Wissam Ben Yedder from the penalty spot after half an hour.

However he was lastly overwhelmed by Jovetic within the seventy fifth minute, with German ahead Volland cementing the three factors within the closing minute.

Monaco at the moment are 14 factors away from fifth-placed Metz, however coach Niko Kovac remains to be targeted on securing fourth, which supplies a Europa League spot.

“The highest three? Sure, it is taboo,” he stated. “When we’ve got sufficient factors to make sure the fourth place, we’ll discuss it (prime three).”

Elsewhere, Lorient beat Saint-Etienne 2-1 to climb out of the underside three, pushing Nantes into nineteenth place after their 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Nimes.

PSG bounced again from their 2-0 loss to Monaco on the Parc des Princes with a Kylian Mbappe-inspired 4-0 victory over last-placed Dijon on Saturday.

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