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Stade Louis II 8th November 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: S Ennjimi

Monaco Monaco vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

Monaco 1

Falcao (27)


Evian 1

D Wass (20)

Monaco held by mid-table Evian

Last Updated: 08/11/13 10:22pm

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Falcao's equaliser earned Monaco a point

Falcao's equaliser earned Monaco a point

Monaco missed the chance to move level on points with Paris St Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 standings as they were surprisingly held 1-1 at home by Evian.

The big-spending hosts had won five of their six home matches this season coming into the fixture but, despite star striker Radamel Falcao quickly cancelling out Daniel Wass's 21st-minute opener for Evian, Monaco could not find a winner against their mid-table opponents.

Claudio Ranieri's side were looking to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the season to Lille last weekend but they started slowly and Evian striker Cedric Barbosa drew a save out of Danijel Subasic in the first minute before Wass put the visitors ahead.

A long punt forward from goalkeeper Jesper Hansen was headed on by Modou Sougou to Wass near the penalty area, and he took the ball past Eric Abidal before volleying a right-footed shot beyond Subasic.

Evian were ahead for just six minutes though before the prolific Falcao drew the teams level. The former Atletico Madrid striker brought down a cross from fellow Colombia international James Rodriguez and drilled a shot past Hansen.

Monaco almost snatched the lead on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant effort from Jeremy Toulalan, but his volley from the edge of the area brushed the left post as it went wide and the teams went into the break still on level terms.

Both sides had chances to score in the second half, with Evian going close through Sougou who took advantage of some poor defending between Abidal and Ricardo Carvalho before firing in a shot that Subasic did well to keep out.

Hansen then earned his wages at the other end to keep out another Toulalan shot from outside the box in the 72nd minute, and then play swept back down the pitch and Subasic was called on again to deny Dan Nistor.

It was the same story in the 83rd minute with Subasic slapping away a Nistor strike and at that stage it looked like Monaco were hanging on.

However, the home side came agonisingly close to snatching all three points themselves when Lucas Ocampos saw his 87th-minute thunderbolt smash against the crossbar.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Paris St Germain 23 47
3 Marseille 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20