Monaco wins the eighth consecutive game to climb into second place

Aurélien Tchouaméni scored twice as Monaco beat Lille 2-1 on Friday to win their eighth consecutive game and move up to the second position in the French league.

Monaco is tied on points with Marseille but leads on goal difference heading into Sunday’s encounter against Lorient.

Second place guarantees automatic qualifying for the Champions League next season, and there are two rounds left after this weekend.

Tchouaméni opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, after being set up by Monaco’s 21-goal leading scorer Wissam Ben Yedder and blasting past goalkeeper Léo Jardim.

Angel Gomes, an English midfielder, equalized for Lille, last season’s winner, halfway through the second half.

Tchouaméni scored again in the 75th minute with a long-range drive from 25 meters after Brazilian Caio Henrique set him up.

Monaco has not looked back since defeating PSG 3-0 at home in March, and the mid-season appointment of coach Philippe Clement to replace Niko Kovac seems to be paying dividends.

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