Lyon beat Monaco: Nabil Fekir free-kick gives hosts victory

Colombia’s Radamel Falcao celebrates at the end of their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Lima – AFP

Colombia’s Radamel Falcao celebrates at the end of their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Lima – AFP

Nabil Fekir's last-gasp free-kick delivered three crucial points to Lyon in Ligue 1 Friday as their captain sealed a 3-2 home win over champions Monaco.

Prior to the late drama, it looked like as if all the scoring had been done in the first half at Parc OL.

Lyon, who last won the title in 2008, climbed to third after back-to-back 3-3 draws. "It was a great result even if they were missing key players", Fekir told French television.

Rony Lopes coolly stroked home Monaco's first equaliser and the visitors levelled again through Adama Traore's thunderbolt, before Fekir's victor.

Monaco, who came into the game looking to close the three-point gap to leaders Paris Saint-Germain, wasted little time in replying.

Bruno Genesio's men, meanwhile, jump up to third in the table after earning their first win in six matches.

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Bruno Genesio's side were on the front foot from the off. Lucas Tousart's header called Danijel Subasic into action early (6') and Mariano Diaz then charged down a clearance from the Croatia worldwide goalkeeper, who was very fortunate to see the ball ricochet to safety off a post (9').

Lyon started with all guns blazing as new boy Mariano, signed from Real Madrid, nearly stole a goal sneaking up on Danijel Subasic on the line only to hit the post.

Six minutes later, Fekir turned in a cross from defender Ferland Mendy - again from the left - before Traore leveled in the 34th with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

After being second best in the first half, the visitors were better in the second and spurned a glorious chance to score when Traore somehow missed the target with only Lopes to beat, Terence Kongolo having set him up.

It looked like the closest either side would come to fashioning a late victor was when Fekir had a goal ruled out for a close offside call in the last minute.

But Fekir and Lyon were not to be denied, the 24-year-old curling into the bottom corner after winning the free-kick himself from Monaco substitute Guido Carrillo, ahead of the two teams' key continental dates with Everton and Besiktas respectively.

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