Ligue 1 review

Monaco move back into second

December 8, 2013
By PA Sport

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere celebrates after scoring against AjaccioGettyImagesMonaco's Emmanuel Riviere celebrates after scoring against Ajaccio.

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Monaco moved back up to second place in Ligue 1 with a hard-fought 1-0 win over 10-man Ajaccio at the Stade Louis II.

Emmanuel Riviere's eighth goal of the season, with 15 minutes left, was enough for Claudio Ranieri's men after the visitors had Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi sent off with an hour played.

Victory for Monaco, their fourth league win in a row, moved them back above Lille, who were beaten at Bordeaux earlier in the day, and closed the gap on leaders Paris St Germain back to two points.

Lille lost ground on the leaders as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at Bordeaux.

Simon Kjaer's own goal in the 28th minute decided the match, with Lille unable to break down a Bordeaux side which played with 10 men from the 58th minute following the sending off of Maxime Poundje.

Defeat, the visitors' first since September, left them four points behind PSG.

Lyon battled back from a goal down to run out 3-1 winners at Bastia.

Florian Raspentino gave the hosts the lead in the 34th minute but Lyon hit back after the break thanks to goals by Alexandre Lacazette, Yassine Benzia and Bafetimbi Gomis.

A second-half equaliser from Toulouse midfielder Abel Aguilar secured a 1-1 draw that denied Montpellier a much-needed victory in their first outing since the resignation of coach Jean Fernandez.

Fernandez stepped down on Thursday after seeing his side take just two points from their previous seven games, and he is set to be replaced by former Montpellier boss Rolland Courbis on Monday.

Courbis will take over a side still stuck in the bottom four following this draw, which saw Montpellier go ahead through Souleymane Camara's 19th-minute strike only for Toulouse to claim a point when Aguilar -- whose mistake led to Camara's goal -- levelled 18 minutes from time.

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