AAP Soccer

Monaco edge past Lille, Nice held to draw

By AAP Newswire

Monaco has boosted its chances of Ligue 1 survival and slowed down Lille's bid for a Champions League place with a 1-0 away win.

Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius pounced in the last minute to move Monaco up to 16th place and keep Lille under pressure in the fight for second.

Third-place Lyon can close the gap to four points with a win against seventh-place Montpellier on Sunday, after which both sides have nine games left.

In Friday's other game, eighth-place Nice conceded a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with 14th-place Toulouse.

As so often this season, Nice played without a recognised centre forward and midfielder Wylan Cyprien opened the scoring midway through the first half with a free kick from 30 metres out. Striker Firmin Mubele equalised late on.

Meanwhile, runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain remains 17 points clear of Lille despite playing two games less and are inching towards the title.

PSG hosts bitter rival Marseille on Sunday, with only the title and the French Cup to focus on following its surprise elimination from the Champions League.