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Monaco win to delay PSG’s title triumph

Big spenders Monaco remain on course for a Champions League spot after picking up three points on Sunday, which delayed leaders PSG being crowned champions. The Paris club warmed up for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Chelsea by beating Reims 3-0 at home.

Monaco win to delay PSG's title triumph
Monaco beat Nantes 3-1 on Sunday to delay PSG being crowned champions on Ligue 1. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Monaco delayed Paris Saint Germain's coronation as French champions with a 3-1 home win over Nantes on Sunday which also kept Claudio Ranieri's team well-placed for Champions League football.

The win moved Monaco on to 66 points, 13 behind PSG with just six games left to play while Lille are third on 60 points.

Monaco were in front on 18 minutes through a long-range drive from James Rodriguez who netted his eighth goal of the Ligue 1 season after being set-up by Dimitar Berbatov even though the former Manchester United star appeared to be offside.

Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic then pulled off a series of fine saves to keep out Nantes.

The home side grabbed a second goal on 72 minutes thanks to a powerful header from Andrea Raggi before Rodriguez made it 3-0 from the penalty spot four minutes later.

American international Alejandro Bedoya headed in a fine goal for Nantes in the 78th minute but it was little more than a consolation.

Saint-Etienne wasted a chance to move within three points of third-placed Lille as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by mid-table Nice.

The former French champions were heading for a shock defeat after Mathieu Bodmer put Nice in front just before the hour mark, before a late twist of fate for the visitors.

Nice captain Didier Digard conceded an injury-time penalty and was sent off for a second bookable offence which allowed Max-Alain Gradel to salvage a point for Saint-Etienne from the spot.

The point leaves them five points behind Lille, who won 2-1 at Toulouse on Saturday, while fifth-placed Lyon moved within four points of their arch rivals with a 2-1 victory at third-from-bottom Valenciennes.

Paris Saint-Germain are well on their way to a second straight title after a 3-0 home win over Reims on Saturday.

Laurent Blanc's side are on their way to London and a Champions League quarter-final second leg showdown against Chelsea on Tuesday after winning the first leg 3-1 at the Parc des Princes last week.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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