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French Ligue 1

Stade de la Mosson 10th January 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Montpellier Montpellier vs Monaco Monaco

Montpellier 1

M Niang (68)

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Monaco 1

L Kurzawa (52)

Niang snatches Montpellier point

Last Updated: 10/01/14 10:35pm

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Mbaye Niang celebrates his equaliser

Mbaye Niang celebrates his equaliser

Monaco failed to move level with Paris St Germain at the top of Ligue 1 as an equaliser by Mbaye Niang gave Montpellier a 1-1 draw on Friday night.

Layvin Kurzawa gave Monaco the lead seven minutes into the second half only for Niang to level things up when he pounced on the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Danijel Subasic after 68 minutes.

Montpellier are struggling towards the lower reaches of the table but they were in no way outclassed by Claudio Ranieri's side.

Monaco had the early play though and the visitors were grateful to goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren who punched clear Joao Moutinho's curling right-footed shot.

The hosts came close 10 minutes before the break when Radamel Falcao chested down a James Rodriguez pass and unleashed a volley which defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari deflected away.

Montpellier then had a chance shortly before half-time when Remy Cabella attempted to thread the ball between Subasic's legs only for the keeper to block the ball with his thigh.

Monaco took the lead with the first real attack of the second half. Rodriguez's free-kick found Kurzawa and the full-back's header lobbed over Jourdren and into the net.

However, Montpellier were level 16 minutes later when Eric Abidal brought down Cabella and although the goalkeeper blocked Niang's initial spot kick, he was first to react and fired home.

Falcao was inches wide just a minute later only for Montpellier to almost go ahead themselves, Subasic blocking Benjamin Stambouli's shot with his knee.

Monaco, though, almost won it at the death with Montpellier indebted to Jourdren, the keeper blocking Yannick Carrasco's fierce snap shot.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23