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Ligue 1 roundup: Monaco salvages 2-2 draw with Lille


Lille striker Jonathan David consolidated his position as the top scorer in the French league by netting twice in a 2-2 draw with Monaco on Friday as defending champion Lille stayed in the bottom half of the table.

Monaco rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a point despite having a player sent off and provisionally moved into seventh place, four points outside the top four spots.

โ€œWe dropped two points,โ€ Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec said. โ€œWe miss that grit to finish off the game.โ€

David converted a penalty in the fifth minute after Strahinja Pavlovic stomped on Xekaโ€™s foot while blocking a shot from the Lille midfielder. He then doubled the lead in the ninth minute by notching his 10th league goal. David chased a ball over the top from Tiago Djalo and held off Ruben Aguilar before beating Alexander Nรผbel from close range.

The Canada striker, who played in his country’s 2-1 win over Mexico in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday, could have completed a hat-trick after collecting a through ball from Jonathan Ikone in the 39th but was denied by Nรผbel.

Senegal winger Krepin Diatta pulled one back for the hosts by firing a powerful strike into the bottom corner in the 41st.

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Monaco nearly equalized in the 49th after a mix-up between Domagoj Bradaric and Lille goalkeeper Ivo Grbic, but Djalo cleared Kevin Vollandโ€™s flick off the line.

Grbic protected Lilleโ€™s lead by stopping Vollandโ€™s header in the 74th and Aurelien Tchouameniโ€™s low drive in the 76th.

Monaco was down to 10 men in the 78th after Pavlovic received a second yellow card for a stamp on Ikone, but substitute Wissam Ben Yedder still netted the equalizer with an angled shot in the 83rd.

โ€œOur first 20 minutes were not really good, they were even catastrophic,โ€ Monaco midfielder Sofiane Diop said. โ€œBut we managed to turn around the match in the last 25 minutes, and we got a mental edge over them.โ€

On Saturday, French league leader Paris Saint-Germain looks to keep its perfect home record intact against Nantes while fifth-place Rennes hosts Montpellier in the battle for European spots.

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