M'Baye Niang's equaliser earned Montpellier a draw as Monaco missed a chance to move level on points with leaders Paris St-Germain.

Layvin Kurzawa finished from James Rodriguez's free-kick to put Monaco ahead just after the interval.

But Niang scored from the rebound after his penalty was saved.

In the first round of games after the winter break, Paris St-Germain can move five points clear in Saturday's game against bottom-of-the-table Ajaccio.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao was given his first start since November following injury but Claudio Ranieri's side, beaten 2-1 at home by Valenciennes before the break, moved ahead when Kurzawa turned in from Rodriguez for his second goal in three games.

But midway through the second half on-loan AC Milan striker Niang turned in from close range after his penalty, awarded for Eric Abidal's challenge on Remy Cabella, was saved.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Montpellier

  • 16 Jourdren
  • 25 Deplagne
  • 03 Congré
  • 20 Sanson
  • 04 Da Silva
  • 21 El Kaoutari
  • 06 Marveaux (Tiéné - 62' )
  • 22 Stambouli
  • 09 Niang (Montaño - 74' )
  • 10 Cabella
  • 07 Mounier Booked (Camara - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Pionnier
  • 05 Tiéné
  • 08 Martin
  • 19 Camara
  • 23 Saihi
  • 26 Jebbour
  • 29 Montaño

Monaco

  • 01 Subasic
  • 24 Raggi
  • 03 Kurzawa
  • 28 Toulalan Booked
  • 06 Carvalho
  • 22 Abidal Booked
  • 08 João Moutinho
  • 10 Rodríguez
  • 09 Falcao Booked
  • 29 Rivière (Ocampos - 82' )
  • 19 Obbadi Booked (Ferreira-Carrasco - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Tavares
  • 11 Ocampos
  • 16 Romero
  • 17 Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 18 Germain
  • 20 Isimat-Mirin
  • 27 Kondogbia
Ref: Amaury Delerue

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

5 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

14 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Montpellier 1, Monaco 1.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Montpellier 1, Monaco 1.

90:00 +2:19

Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:19

Foul by Souleymane Camara (Montpellier).

90:00 +1:37

Foul by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco).

90:00 +1:37

Mathieu Deplagne (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:57

Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:57

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Montpellier).

89:13

Attempt saved. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Ocampos.

88:40 Booking

Booking Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:23

Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

88:23

Víctor Hugo Montaño (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:54

Attempt saved. Daniel Congré (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:24

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Ricardo Carvalho.

85:24

Foul by Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco).

85:24

Rémy Cabella (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:04

Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

85:04

Morgan Sanson (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:16

Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:16

Foul by Víctor Hugo Montaño (Montpellier).

82:32

Offside, Monaco. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

81:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Monaco. Lucas Ocampos replaces Emmanuel Rivière.

80:16

Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

80:16

Souleymane Camara (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:37

Offside, Monaco. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

78:44

Foul by James Rodríguez (Monaco).

78:44

Siaka Tiéné (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:50

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Rivière.

75:43

Falcao (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:43

Foul by Hilton (Montpellier).

75:04

Attempt saved. Rémy Cabella (Montpellier) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Benjamin Stambouli.

73:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Montpellier. Víctor Hugo Montaño replaces M'Baye Niang.

72:51

Offside, Montpellier. M'Baye Niang tries a through ball, but Rémy Cabella is caught offside.

72:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Monaco. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco replaces Mounir Obbadi.

69:44

Foul by Emmanuel Rivière (Monaco).

69:44

Daniel Congré (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:10

João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:10

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Montpellier).

67:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Montpellier 1, Monaco 1. M'Baye Niang (Montpellier) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

67:21

Penalty saved! M'Baye Niang (Montpellier) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

66:35 Booking

Booking Eric Abidal (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:19

Penalty conceded by Eric Abidal (Monaco) after a foul in the penalty area.

66:19

Penalty Montpellier. Rémy Cabella draws a foul in the penalty area.

61:51

Attempt saved. M'Baye Niang (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathieu Deplagne.

61:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Montpellier. Siaka Tiéné replaces Joris Marveaux.

61:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Montpellier. Souleymane Camara replaces Anthony Mounier.

54:59

Foul by Mounir Obbadi (Monaco).

54:59

Anthony Mounier (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:53

Attempt blocked. Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

54:33

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Daniel Congré.

51:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Montpellier 0, Monaco 1. Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a set piece situation.

50:56

James Rodríguez (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:56

Foul by Mathieu Deplagne (Montpellier).

50:11

Attempt missed. Daniel Congré (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

49:41

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Jérémy Toulalan.

49:05

Foul by Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco).

49:05

M'Baye Niang (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:43

Attempt blocked. Morgan Sanson (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by M'Baye Niang.

47:14

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Ricardo Carvalho.

46:22 Booking

Booking Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:17

Foul by Mounir Obbadi (Monaco).

46:17

Daniel Congré (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Montpellier 0, Monaco 0.

45:00 +0:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Montpellier 0, Monaco 0.

44:39

Emmanuel Rivière (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:39

Foul by Hilton (Montpellier).

42:50

Foul by Falcao (Monaco).

42:50

Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Attempt missed. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Rivière.

37:53 Booking

Booking Anthony Mounier (Montpellier) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:50

Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:50

Foul by Anthony Mounier (Montpellier).

37:21

Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

37:21

M'Baye Niang (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:32

Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:32

Foul by Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier).

30:25 Booking

Booking Falcao (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:15

Foul by Falcao (Monaco).

30:15

Hilton (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:11

Attempt blocked. Falcao (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mounir Obbadi.

28:27

Attempt saved. Falcao (Monaco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Raggi with a headed pass.

27:35

Mounir Obbadi (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:35

Foul by M'Baye Niang (Montpellier).

26:55

Attempt missed. Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

25:53

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Daniel Congré.

23:46

Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

23:46

M'Baye Niang (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:42

Eric Abidal (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:42

Foul by M'Baye Niang (Montpellier).

15:26

Foul by João Moutinho (Monaco).

15:26

Joris Marveaux (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:18

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Geoffrey Jourdren.

14:13

Attempt saved. João Moutinho (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

12:14

Hand ball by Mathieu Deplagne (Montpellier).

11:05

Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:05

Foul by James Rodríguez (Monaco).

7:54

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Ricardo Carvalho.

7:50

Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:48

Hand ball by M'Baye Niang (Montpellier).

6:23

Foul by Andrea Raggi (Monaco).

6:23

Anthony Mounier (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:55

James Rodríguez (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:55

Foul by Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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