Ligue 1 round-up: Monaco extend lead as Radamel Falcao scores winning goal
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 08/04/17 11:50pm
Monaco extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 as Radamel Falcao's second-half goal secured a 1-0 win at Angers.
Falcao was restored to the Monaco starting line-up for the first time since the end of February after a hip injury and the Colombian came up with the all-important 61st-minute winner - his 17th goal in Ligue 1 this season - after mid-table Angers had threatened an upset.
Monaco's victory took them four points clear of second-placed Nice, although Paris Saint-Germain could cut the gap to three on Sunday when they play at home to Guingamp.
Angers had several chances to open the scoring in the first half but were thwarted by the excellence of Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
The Croatian reacted well to keep out efforts from Karl Toko Ekambi and Famara Diedhiou with Monaco out of sorts before the break.
Leonardo Jardim's side improved after the restart and Tiemoue Bakayoko should have scored before Falcao latched onto Nabil Dirar's pass to net the winner.
Monaco survived a late scare when Jonathan Bamba's header struck a post six minutes from time.
Fourth-placed Lyon suffered a surprise 4-1 home defeat to Lorient as the bottom three in Ligue 1 all won on a night of shocks.
It looked plain sailing for Lyon when Memphis Depay set up Corentin Tolisso to open the scoring after 28 minutes, but Lorient levelled through Majeed Waris' magnificent right-footed strike three minutes before half-time.
Lorient took control when Sylvain Marveaux (49) pounced, and Benjamin Moukandjo struck after 73 and 80 minutes to give the fast-improving visitors a third straight win.
Bordeaux climbed above Marseille into fifth spot by beating Metz 3-0.
Brazilian striker Malcom rewarded early home pressure by sweeping Bordeaux ahead after 14 minutes.
Valentin Vada then scored twice within seven minutes of the restart, the first from the penalty spot and the second after good work by Gaetan Laborde.
Metz also had full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto sent off in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Nancy moved out of the bottom three with a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Rennes.
The hosts had been in free-fall with eight defeats in nine games and no league win for two months, but Maurice Dale struck after 11 minutes to ease Nancy nerves.
Issair Dia was also on target after 51 and 65 minutes to take his season's tally into double figures.
Bastia boosted their battle to beat the drop with a 2-1 win at Dijon - their first in Ligue 1 since December 17.
Enzo Crivelli (17) and Yannick Cahuzac (58) netted for Bastia, with Pierre Lees-Melou (29) replying for a Dijon side who drop into the bottom three.
Caen's relegation worries also increased with a 2-0 home defeat to Montpellier. Stephane Sessegnon (50) and Jonathan Ikone (88) scored second-half goals for Montpellier.