Monaco draws 1-1 with Lille in French league
Dimitar Berbatov scores as Monaco salvages 1-1 draw with Lille in French league
Associated Press
2014-08-31 03:01 AM

MONACO (AP) -- Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov salvaged a 1-1 draw with Lille in the French league on Saturday after Radamel Falcao was left out of the squad amid speculation about his future.

Lille striker Nolan Roux opened the scoring with a half-volley in the 18th minute, but Berbatov equalized from close range in the 61st.

Falcao watched the game from the stands in a black suit, white shirt and red tie. The Colombia striker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Nantes last weekend but has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Manchester City or Juventus in the final days of the transfer window.

Lille played without Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou, who is courted by German clubs.

"It's not a bad result, but in our situation it's not a very good result either," Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan said. "We lacked depth and penetration in the first half while they were clinical."

Lille has eight points from the first four games, four more than Monaco.

Later Saturday, it was: Caen vs. Rennes; Lens vs. Reims; Lorient vs. Guingamp; Nantes vs. Montpellier; and Toulouse vs. Evian.

On Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain hosts Saint-Etienne, Lyon visits Metz and Bordeaux faces Bastia.

Marseille thrashed Nice 4-0 on Friday to earn a second straight win.

Lille capitalized on a counterattack to convert its first scoring chance. Ryan Mendes charged down the right flank to cut the ball back to Roux, who fired into the bottom corner.

Monaco had chances to level before halftime but Berbatov missed the target in the 26th and 41st while winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco dragged his shot wide in the 39th.

Berbatov found his aim in the second half, sliding home a low cross from Ferreira Carrasco.

Lille coach Rene Girard was sent off for dissent in the 64th. Simon Kjaer preserved Lille's hard-fought point by blocking a close-range effort from Monaco fullback Layvin Kurzawa in the 66th.

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