Ligue 1 - Falcao on target for Monaco

AS Monaco had to use taxis to get to the stadium after their bus broke down but their tale of woe this season was finally ended by Radamel Falcao's header in a 1-0 win at Nantes on Sunday.

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Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates with Argentine midfielder Lucas Ocampos (L) after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nantes and Monaco

The big spenders, who sold World Cup top scorer James Rodriguez to Real Madrid in July, had lost their opening two Ligue 1 encounters and rode their luck at times in Nantes.

Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic gave away a penalty midway through the first half but saved Serge Gakpe's spot kick.

Falcao, who missed out on helping Rodriguez lead Colombia to the World Cup quarter-finals because of injury, is still feeling his way back to full fitness but planted an unstoppable header into the net on the stroke of halftime.

The goal followed great work by full back Layvin Kurzawa, who was excellent all match for Leonardo Jardim's side.

Monaco are 17th in the table, which is led by Bordeaux after Saturday's 3-1 victory at Nice made it three wins out of three. Stuttering champions and title favourites Paris St Germain are sixth on five points following Friday's 0-0 draw at Evian.

In Ligue 1’s other games, Lyon lost at home to Lens, with Lalaïna Nomenjanahary on target, while the match between St Etienne and Rennes ended in a 0-0 draw.

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