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La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau 24th November 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: T Chapron

Nantes Nantes vs Monaco Monaco

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Monaco made to work by Nantes

Last Updated: 24/11/13 10:39pm

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Monaco's midfielder Mounir Obbadi was on the scoresheet

Monaco's midfielder Mounir Obbadi was on the scoresheet

Mounir Obbadi struck a second-half winner as Monaco put their recent little wobble behind them with a 1-0 victory over fellow high-fliers Nantes.

Monaco had picked up just one point from their previous two Ligue 1 games - including suffering their first loss of the campaign - but they got their title bid back on track thanks to Obbadi.

The Morocco international slotted home the only goal 20 minutes from time as Claudio Ranieri's men kept within a point of second-placed Lille, with leaders Paris St Germain a further four points clear.

Nantes, meanwhile, remain in fifth spot after missing the chance to move level with Monaco on 26 points.

It was a tough result for Nantes, who will feel they deserved at least a point from the clash.

Monaco had the first chance with an Emmanuel Riviere header that flew inches wide but Nantes created the next two opportunities and came close to snatching the lead with a Jordan Veretout shot that was saved by Danijel Subasic and a Filip Djordjevic header that whistled past the post.

The visitors really should have taken the lead seven into the second half though when Radamel Falcao freed fellow Colombian James Rodriguez, but he was denied by a crucial block from home keeper Remy Riou.

Subasic and Riou then produced further saves, denying Serge Gakpe and Andrea Raggi respectively, before Monaco made the decisive breakthrough.

Riou parried out an effort from Rodriguez but the ball went to Anthony Martial who flicked a pass to Obbadi and he thundered a first-time shot past the goalkeeper and into the net.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29