Monaco returns to Europe

Sports Writing, Jan 16 (EFE).- Monaco extended its good moment of play and results with a win against Clermont (4-0) that returns it to the European positions of Ligue 1 in France, which this weekend reaches the twenty-first day. Oscar García Junyent’s Reims, meanwhile, still haven’t won. He lost to Metz (0-1) and is still threatened by relegation, from which only seven points separate him. Monaco, now led by Belgian Philippe Clement, took advantage of Wissam Ben Yedder’s leadership to raise their games to three without losing and move into fifth place from Montpellier, beaten by Strasbourg (3-1). The Monegasque team put the victory on track in added time of the first half thanks to Sophiane Diop who took advantage of a pass from Jean Lucas to beat Ouparine Djoco for the first time. Ben Yedder came into action in the second half. The starting substitute came on at the break in place of Ismail Jakobs and signed the second and, from a penalty, the third goal for his team. The former Sevilla striker was the top scorer in Ligue 1, tied with Canadian Jonathan David, from Lille, with twelve goals, two more than Kylian Mbappe. Ben Yedder led to Caio Henrique’s goal seven from the end, which rounded off Monaco’s rout to move up to fifth place in the standings, from which Montpellier beaten by Strasbourg comes out. Oliver Dall’Oglio’s Montpellier had the Stade de la Meinau match on track until the final stretch, when they were left with one less player. He took the lead in the eleventh minute with a goal from Florent Mollet but in the 66th minute he was left with ten when Sepe Elye Wahi, who had jumped onto the field six before instead of Mollet, saw the direct red card. That changed the game. Strasbourg grew and in nine minutes came from behind and sealed the win. Waris Majeed equalized in the 77th minute and Adrien Thomasson put the locals ahead in the 84th minute. Two later, Kevin Gameiro rounded off the victory for Julien Stephan’s team (3-1), which is approaching the European positions. It is seventh. Oscar García’s Reims could not get out of the rut. They lost a key game due to the permanence with Metz (0-1) at the Auguste Delaune stadium thanks to Ibrahima Niane’s goal at game time. Lorient wasted a good opportunity to regain victory and get out of relegation. Christophe Pelissier’s team hasn’t won thirteen games since they won three points since beating Nice on September 22. However, he could not beat Angers (0-0) who played from the 14th minute with one player less due to the expulsion of the Ivorian Souleyman Doumbia. Lorient remains second to last, one behind Clermont, which marks salvation. EFE off/lm



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