Monaco moves up to 3rd after beating Metz 3-1; Nice wins

Monaco moves up to 3rd after beating Metz 3-1; Nice wins

Monaco overcame a sluggish begin to beat struggling Metz 3-1 and transfer up to third place within the French league, forward of Lyon’s dwelling sport with chief Paris Saint-Germain later Sunday.

Brazilian defender Jorge put Monaco forward with a high-quality strike in first-half damage time. Midfielder Rachid Ghezzal made it 2-Zero with a good higher effort, curling the ball into the top-left nook from the best aspect of the penalty space halfway by means of the second half.

Striker Ibrahima Niane pulled a aim again for Metz within the 72nd minute earlier than substitute Rony Lopes put Monaco out of attain within the 81st.

With PSG streaking forward, it’s turning into a three-way scrap between Marseille, Monaco and Lyon for second place. Marseille is one level forward of Monaco, and Lyon trailed Monaco by one level heading into the PSG sport.

Metz’s hopes had been severely hindered when Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was despatched off 5 minutes into the second half.

Although Metz is final, it largely pissed off Monaco till Jorge’s opening aim.

Striker Radamel Falcao did effectively to management Joao Moutinho’s lengthy cross on his chest, deliver the ball down and shoot from the sting of the world. His shot was blocked and the free ball fell to Jorge, some 30 meters (yards) out. He introduced it down expertly and then drilled a low shot previous Kawashima.

Kawashima was proven a straight crimson card after speeding off his line and fouling striker Adama Diakhaby, who had flicked the ball previous him. Goalkeeper Quentin Beunardeau got here off the bench however couldn’t get anyplace close to Ghezzal’s perfectly-placed strike.

But regardless of being a participant down, Metz replied when the 18-year-old Niane scored with an outstanding header from a nook.

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