Monaco’s Champions League hopes rise by Ben Yedder

Captain Wissam Ben Yedder maintained his good scoring run as Monaco defeated Angers 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday, increasing their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Ben Yedder, 31, scored his 21st league goal of the season soon after the hour mark, bringing his season total to a career high after Abdoul Kader Bamba scored an own goal just before the interval.

With three games left, the Principality club is behind third-placed Rennes on goal difference after the Bretons defeated lowly Saint-Etienne 2-0 on Saturday.

“This squad hasn’t hit its maximum, there were mistakes, and they have the capacity to progress, everyone put their hand up,” Monaco coach Philippe Clement told reporters.

“When you reach a goal, seek for ways to go even beyond. Wissam now wants the 22nd and 23rd.”

Les Verts, who last won a French crown in 1981, are still in the relegation play-offs following their fourth loss in six games.

In other news, despite leading 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining against Montpellier, Metz failed to climb off the bottom of the standings.

Arnaud Souquet and Elye Wahi struck late on for the hosts, denying the northerners a victory as they surrendered during injury time for the second time in three meetings.

“It’s infuriating, and it characterizes our season. I’m not sure how we caved in; it’s not good “Metz’s Louis Mafouta confirmed this to Prime Video Sport.

“Unfortunately, we were short again today; it’ll be difficult to remain up.”

  • Bordeaux aren’t going down without a fight

Lille’s prospects of returning to European play were harmed when they were reduced to nine men in a 3-0 defeat to Troyes. Renato Sanches was sent off five minutes into the second half, while Burak Yilmaz was sent off five minutes later.

For Troyes, who are controlled by the same company as Manchester City, Florian Tardieu converted two penalties on each side of Ike Ugbo’s spot-kick.

Bordeaux was defeated 1-0 by Nice, whose British owner Jim Ratcliffe launched a £4.25 billion ($5.3 billion) bid for English giants, Chelsea, on Friday.

Algeria striker Andy Delort scored for the southerners, bringing the six-time French champions to 19th place, four points below Saint-Etienne, and in risk of relegation to the second division for the first time in 30 years.

“Their goal was a gift, and we placed them in wonderful positions,” stated Bordeaux manager David Guion.

“We will not give up. We’ve battled for weeks to get everything in order, but it hasn’t been enough since we’re not winning and can’t score points “He said.

Later, if Marseille defeats traditional rivals, Lyon, at the Velodrome, they will be four points away from a spot in the Champions League group stage.

Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, scored twice as champions Paris Saint-Germain drew 3-3 against Strasbourg on Friday.

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