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Ligue 1: Nice Draw, Monaco Go Top Of League After Smashing Lorient

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Monaco's French forward Valere Germain (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Monaco (ASM) and Lorient (FCL) on January 22, 2017 at the 'Louis II Stadium' in Monaco. / AFP / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Aside from Paris Saint-Germain‘s victory over FC Nantes, which we have reported on TST, a number of other contests have taken place. The match between Patrice Garande’s SM Caen and Pablo Correa’s AS Nancy Lorraine was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Here’s the roundup of other results from Week 21 of the Ligue 1 season.

The week began with a 1-1 draw between Francois Ciccolini’s SC Bastia and Lucien Favre’s OGC Nice at the Stade Armand Cesari. Prince Oniangue scored in the 17th minute for Bastia while Arnaud Souquet leveled proceedings in the 34th minute of play. Yannick Cahuzac was sent off on a second yellow in the 64th minute.

Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Girondins de Bordeaux are PSG’s next opponent on the calendar and they shut out Pascal Dupraz’s Toulouse FC 1-0 at the Matmut Atlantique on a goal from Valentin Vada in the first minute. Yann Bodiger was sent off in the 43rd minute of play for Toulouse.

Olivier Dall’Oglio’s Dijon FCO and Patrick Collot’s Lille OSC played to a scoreless draw at the Stade Gaston Gérard. At the Stade Municipal du Roudourou, Antoione Kombouare’s EA Guingamp and Christian Gourcuff’s Stade Rennais FC played to a 1-1 draw. Moustapha Diallo scored in the 39th minute for Guingamp before Yoann Gourcuff leveled the scores in the 46th minute of play. Sanjin Prcic was sent off for the visitors in the second minute of first half injury time.

In a massive upset of this round, Philippe Hinschberger’s FC Metz got a badly-needed win over Frederic Hantz’s Montpellier HSC in their fight to avoid the relegation zone. Metz won 2-0 at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on a brace from Cheick Diabate in the 14th and 19th minutes of play.

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Meanwhile, Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco smashed Bernard Casoni’s FC Lorient at the Stade Louis II on braces from Gabriel Boschilia (24′, 28′) and Valere Germain (37′, 59′).

At the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Christophe Galtier’s AS Saint-Etienne defeated Stephane Moulin’s Angers SCO 2-1 on an own goal from Abdoulaye Bamba in the 51st minute and a 75th minute winner from Loic Perrin. Mateo Pavlovic scored for Angers in the 17th minute.

Finally, at the Parc OL, Bruno Genesio’s Olympique Lyonnais defeated Rudi Garcia’s Olympique de Marseille 3-1 on a 43rd minute goal from Mathieu Valbuena and a brace from Alexandre Lacazette in the 61st and 75th minutes. Matheus Doria Macedo scored for Marseille in the 67th minute of play.

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Here are the scoreline predictions for Week 22 in the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season.

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

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