LIGUE 1. AS Monaco does a good job with a smooth victory, Matz Sels and Max Caufriez win


AS Monaco made short work of FC Lorient on Sunday evening on the 31st matchday of Ligue 1. The visitors dropped off with a clear 3-1 defeat.


Former Club Brugge player Krépin Diatta (14.) paved the way for the Monegasken, Aleksandr Golovin (27.) brought the margin to two goals before the half hour mark. Kevin Volland (55.) definitely took the sting out of the match, while the visitors got no further than a late honor saver on penalty via Ibrahima Kone (86.). Eliot Matazo came between the lines fifteen minutes before the end in coach Philippe Clement’s team.

Monaco is doing good business in the ranking of the French first division. It occupies fourth place with 61 points and is within two points of second-ranked Lens by Loïs Openda. Openda and co lost the top match at leader PSG on Saturday with 3-1.

Strasbourg and Clermont book three points

Strasbourg and Clermont recorded a victory on Sunday afternoon on the 31st matchday in Ligue 1. Strasbourg, with Matz Sels between the posts, triumphed 3-1 against Ajaccio. Clermont, with Max Caufriez in defense, dominated Angers 2-1.

Kevin Gameiro (26.) opened the score from the penalty spot for the host in Strasbourg. Three more goals were scored in an animated final phase: Habib Diarra (71.) doubled the lead, Mickael Barreto (76.) brought back the tension by flooring Matz Sels. Yuito Suzuki (89.) took away the last doubts in the penultimate minute of regular playing time.

At the same time, Clermont, with Caufriez in the heart of the defence, turned a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory. The home team ended the meeting with nine players. Neto Borges (ex-Genk), among others, picked up a red cardboard.

Clermont is now eleventh in the ranking of the French first division with 43 points. Strasbourg is in the danger zone, in seventeenth place with 29 units.

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