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Stade Nungesser (ATT 13,006) 10th May 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Monaco Monaco

Valenc'nes 1

T Doumbia (70)

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Monaco 2

V Germain (40)
N Dirar (87)

Monaco edge past Valenciennes

Last Updated: 10/05/14 11:51pm

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Nabil Dirar: Notched a winner for Monaco

Nabil Dirar: Notched a winner for Monaco

Nabil Dirar's late strike saw Monaco scrape a 2-1 victory at relegated Valenciennes in an effectively dead rubber Ligue 1 contest.

Valere Germain put the visitors in front five minutes before the break but Claudio Ranieri's men looked set for a second successive 1-1 draw with lowly opposition - following their home clash with Guingamp on Wednesday - when Tongo Doumbia levelled with 20 minutes to go.

Dirar then came to their rescue, firing past Nicolas Penneteau in fine style in the 87th minute.

With the 19th-placed hosts already down and their opponents guaranteed to finish as runners-up behind champions Paris St Germain, there was little play to for.

But Valenciennes made a positive start, with Majeed Waris calling goalkeeper Sergio Romero into action with a shot in the opening few seconds.

Monaco hit back in the 10th minute as Germain rattled a powerful strike against the crossbar.

There was another chance for Monaco seven minutes later, with Yannick Ferreira Carrasco through on goal but denied by a fabulous save from the outrushing Penneteau.

The game then became the more subdued affair that might have been expected, until the 40th minute, when Ferreira-Carrasco provided the tee up with a great corner delivery from which Germain converted past the helpless Penneteau.

Germain tried his luck again soon after the break with Valenciennes having given away possession, but his shot was well blocked by Carl Medjani.

The equaliser arrived when Arthur Masuaku plays a perfect low cross into the Monaco box and Doumbia applied a cool, left-footed finish.

And Valenciennes might have turned the game on its head within eight minutes as Waris played a back heel into the path of Gregory Pujol and the Monaco defence managed to put in a goal-saving block to keep the shot out from six yards.

The away side then came close to reclaiming the lead as Penneteau denied Germain.

But Monaco did go ahead soon after, Dirar cracking in a sublime effort that gave the goalkeeper no chance.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26