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Ligue 1: AS Monaco Regain Top Spot, Paris Saint-Germain Also Win

RENNES, FRANCE - JANUARY 14: Captain Thiago Silva and Julian Draxler of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate the victory with teammattes during the French Ligue 1 match between Stade de Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain at Roazhon Park, on january 14, 2017 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

In today’s Ligue 1 roundup, Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco return to the top of the Ligue 1 standings after pasting Rudi Garcia’s Olympique de Marseille 4-1 at the Orange Velodrome. Thomas Lemar (16′), Radamel Falcao (21′) and Bernardo Silva off a brace (45′, 57′) scored for Monaco, while Jorge Rolando scored in the 20th minute for OM. Meanwhile, at Roazhon Park, a 39th minute goal from Julian Draxler kept Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain in the hunt with a 1-0 win over Christian Gourcuff’s Stade Rennais FC.

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The week began with a 1-1 draw between Patrick Collot’s Lille OSC and Christophe Galtier’s AS Saint-Etienne at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Romain Hamouma opened the scoring for ASSE 17 minutes in before Nicolas de Preville leveled the scores on 71 minutes. Another 1-1 score took place at the Stade Jean Bouin between Stephane Moulin’s Angers SCo and Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Girondins de Bordeaux. Ismael Traore put Angers ahead in the 14th minute but an own goal from Baptiste Santamaria 13 minutes later nullified the early advantage.

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One of the shock results of the week came at the Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir, where Bernard Casoni’s relegation-threatened FC Lorient scalped Antoine Komboure’s EA Guingamp 3-1. Majeed Waris scored a brace in the 72nd and 90th minutes while Jimmy Cabot added some 82nd minute insurance, nullifying a 40th minute strike from Yannis Salibur. At the Stade de la Mosson et du Mondial 98, Frederic Hantz’s Montpellier HSC and Olivier Dall’Oglio’s Dijon FCO played to a 1-1 draw. Julio Tavares put Dijon ahead 1-0 on 27 minutes but in the 87th minute, Jerome Roussillon equalized for the hosts.

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Issiar Dia was the hero for Pablo Correa’s AS Nancy Lorraine in the 1-0 win over Francoise Ciccolini’s SC Bastia at the Stade Marcel Picot. Allan Saint-Maximin was sent off in the 86th minute of play for the visitors. Also prevailing 1-0 are PSG’s next opponents, Sergio Conceicao’s FC Nantes, over Pascal Dupraz’s Toulouse FC, at the Stadium Municipal. Emiliano Sala was the hero in the 20th minute for Nantes.

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Lucien Favre’s OGC Nice and Philippe Hinschberger’s FC Metz played to a scoreless draw at the Allianz Riviera but meanwhile, over at the Stade Michel d’Ornano, the upset of the round took place. Patrice Garande’s SM Caen shocked the nation with a 3-2 stunner over Bruno Genesio’s Olympique Lyonnais. Ivan Santini (29′, 61′) and Alexandre Lacazette (35′, 45′) scored braces for Caen and Lyon, respectively, with Maxwel Cornet’s own goal in the eighth minute proving to be the difference.

Here are you scoreline predictions for Week 21 of the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season.

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OGC Nice 2, SC Bastia 0
FC Nantes 1, Paris Saint-Germain 1
Girondins de Bordeaux 2, Toulouse FC 1
SM Caen 3, AS Nancy Lorraine 1
Dijon FCO 1, Lille OSC 0
EA Guingamp 1, Stade Rennais FC 0
Montpellier HSC 2, FC Metz 0
AS Monaco 4, FC Lorient 3
AS Saint-Etienne 2, Angers SCO 1
Olympique Lyonnais 2, Olympique de Marseille 1

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