French Ligue 1
Montpellier1Monaco1

Montpellier 1-1 Monaco

Mbaye Niang
Mbaye Niang

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.

Line-ups

Montpellier

  • 16Jourdren
  • 25Deplagne
  • 3Congré
  • 20Sanson
  • 4Da Silva
  • 21El Kaoutari
  • 6MarveauxSubstituted forTiénéat 62'minutes
  • 22Stambouli
  • 9NiangSubstituted forMontañoat 74'minutes
  • 10Cabella
  • 7MounierBooked at 38minsSubstituted forCamaraat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pionnier
  • 5Tiéné
  • 8Martin
  • 19Camara
  • 23Saihi
  • 26Jebbour
  • 29Montaño

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 24Raggi
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 28ToulalanBooked at 89mins
  • 6Carvalho
  • 22AbidalBooked at 67mins
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 9FalcaoBooked at 31mins
  • 29RivièreSubstituted forOcamposat 82'minutes
  • 19ObbadiBooked at 47minsSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavares
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Romero
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 18Germain
  • 20Isimat-Mirin
  • 27Kondogbia
Referee:
Amaury Delerue

Match Stats

Home TeamMontpellierAway TeamMonaco
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Montpellier 1, Monaco 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Montpellier 1, Monaco 1.

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

Foul by Souleymane Camara (Montpellier).

Foul by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco).

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

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

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Montpellier).

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.

Booking

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

Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

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

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

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Ricardo Carvalho.

Foul by Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco).

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

Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

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

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

Foul by Víctor Hugo Montaño (Montpellier).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Lucas Ocampos replaces Emmanuel Rivière.

Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

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

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

Foul by James Rodríguez (Monaco).

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

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

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

Foul by Hilton (Montpellier).

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

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Emmanuel Rivière (Monaco).

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

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

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Montpellier).

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.

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

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