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Monaco held at Bastia ahead of Man City trip

Monaco held at Bastia ahead of Man City trip
By Reuters

18/02/2017 at 06:43

Monaco missed the chance to go six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 when they were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Bastia on Friday ahead of their Champions League clash at Manchester City.

Leonardo Jardim's side salvaged a point when Bernardo Silva scored after the interval to cancel out Sadio Diallo's first-half opener for Bastia.

Monaco, who travel to City for a Champions League last-16 first-leg game on Tuesday, have 59 points from 26 games, four ahead of second-placed Paris St Germain before the champions host Toulouse on Sunday.

With Fabinho and Kylian Mbappe on the bench, Monaco struggled to play the football that helped them score 75 goals in their 25 previous league games.

Bastia went ahead in the 19th minute when Diallo headed home at the far post from Gael Danic's cross.

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) and Medhi Mostefa (Bastia)

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) and Medhi Mostefa (Bastia)AFP

Jardim substituted Tiemoue Bakayoko with Fabinho after the break and the visitors were rewarded seven minutes into the second half when Silva headed home from Almamy Toure's cross.

Radamel Falcao went close to giving Monaco the lead, but his overhead kick went just wide.

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao runs to catch the ball after Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva scores a goal during the L1 football match Bastia (SCB) against Monaco (ASM) on February 17, 2017 in the Armand Cesari stadium in Bastia o

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao runs to catch the ball after Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva scores a goal during the L1 football match Bastia (SCB) against Monaco (ASM) on February 17, 2017 in the Armand Cesari stadium in Bastia oAFP

Mbappe replaced Valere Germain in the 71st minute but had only one opportunity, being denied by Jean-Louis Leca from close range three minutes from time.

Third-placed Nice will move up to second if they beat Lorient away on Saturday.

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