Pacesetters Lille Stutter in Goalless Draw at Monaco

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Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – AS Monaco v Lille – Stade Louis II, Monaco – March 14, 2021 Lille’s Reinildo Mandava in action with AS Monaco’s Sofiane Diop REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS ⸺ Lille’s seven-game winning streak on the road in Ligue 1 ended with a dour 0-0 stalemate at AS Monaco on Sunday as the pacesetters dropped precious points in the title race.

The northerners, who now have 63 points from 29 games, extended their advantage over second-placed Paris St Germain to three points as the reigning champions later slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to strugglers Nantes. 

Monaco are fourth on 56 points, four behind Olympique Lyonnais, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Stade de Reims on Friday. 

Monaco and Lille had just four shots on target between them in the match and failed to create decent chances, eventually looking content with a point, although Stevan Jovetic was denied by Lille keeper Mike Maignan’s superb save in stoppage time.

“We were solid but I think we could have done better. We played a little bit better in the second half but it was too little to threaten them,” said Lille midfielder Benjamin Andre.

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“It was a bit like a chess game,” added Monaco coach Niko Kovac. “Both teams played at a good tactical level.”

Earlier, RC Lens and Metz, both promoted from Ligue 2, drew 2-2 at Felix Bollaert to stay sixth and seventh respectively.

Lens have 45 points and trail fifth-placed Olympique de Marseille, who beat Stade Brestois 3-1 on Saturday, on goal difference. Metz have 42 points.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris; Reuters

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