French Ligue 1

Monaco 1-2 Lorient

Radamel Falcao in action for Monaco
Striker Radamel Falcao's goal for Monaco cancelled out Vincent Aboubakar's spot-kick

Striker Radamel Falcao scored on his competitive return from injury but could not stop 10-man Monaco from losing 2-1 at home to FC Lorient in their Ligue 1 opener.

The Colombia player came off the bench to convert a second-half penalty after Dimitar Berbatov was fouled.

That cancelled out Vincent Aboubakar's early spot-kick, before Monaco had defender Ricardo Carvalho sent off.

Striker Valentin Lavigne broke away late on to seal victory for Lorient.

It was the 20-year-old's first goal for the club and also a historic one, as it secured Lorient's first-ever win at Monaco.

The hosts sold Colombia forward James Rodriguez, star of this summer's World Cup, to Real Madrid last month and they missed his creativity in a first-half that saw few chances.

They improved after the break, particularly after Carvalho had been shown a second yellow for a foul on Lorient midfielder Mathieu Coutadeur, and had chances before Lavigne's late winner, with Berbatov going closest.

The 33-year-old striker, who made a permanent move from Fulham to Monaco in May, saw a powerful header in the second half superbly palmed away by Lorient goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte at full-stretch.

Monaco's surprise defeat followed a disappointing start to the season for defending champions Paris St-Germain, who drew 2-2 at Reims on Friday.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Subasic
  • 7DirarBooked at 40mins
  • 6CarvalhoBooked at 68mins
  • 5AbdennourBooked at 8mins
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 14BakayokoSubstituted forGermainat 32'minutes
  • 22Kondogbia
  • 17CarrascoSubstituted forMartialat 76'minutes
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 11OcamposSubstituted forFalcaoat 59'minutes
  • 10BerbatovBooked at 48mins


  • 2Fabinho
  • 9Falcao
  • 18Germain
  • 21Echiéjilé
  • 23Martial
  • 28Toulalan
  • 40Caillard


Formation 4-4-2

  • 40Lecomte
  • 3da Silva Rocha
  • 2Koné
  • 26Wachter
  • 14Guerreiro
  • 8JouffreSubstituted forLavigneat 81'minutes
  • 10CoutadeurBooked at 15mins
  • 13Abdullah
  • 19PeléSubstituted forSunuat 35'minutes
  • 7DialloSubstituted forMesloubat 65'minutes
  • 9AboubakarBooked at 65mins


  • 4Le Goff
  • 6Mulumba
  • 16Audard
  • 17Mesloub
  • 18Sunu
  • 22Jeannot
  • 31Lavigne
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Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamLorient
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Monaco 1, Lorient 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Monaco 1, Lorient 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco).

  4. Post update

    Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Mathieu Coutadeur (Lorient) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Nabil Dirar (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Wachter (Lorient).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Monaco 1, Lorient 2. Valentin Lavigne (Lorient) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rafidine Abdullah with a through ball following a fast break.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Pedrinho (Lorient).

  12. Post update

    Offside, Lorient. Rafidine Abdullah tries a through ball, but Vincent Aboubakar is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Valère Germain (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rafidine Abdullah (Lorient).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

  16. Post update

    Mathieu Coutadeur (Lorient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Lorient. Valentin Lavigne replaces Yann Jouffre.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoann Wachter (Lorient) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yann Jouffre with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Lorient. Conceded by Danijel Subasic.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lamine Koné.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 10th August 2014

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