Leaders Monaco fall to first defeat since November

PARIS: Striker Jean-Claude Darcheville handed league leaders Monaco their first defeat since November when his controversial goal gave Girondins Bordeaux a 1-0 victory over the principality team on Saturday. 

Monaco had their 13-match unbeaten run ended as Darcheville lobbed Flavio Roma on 73 minutes, sparking angry reactions from the home side, who had stopped playing to let Bordeaux's team doctor come onto the pitch to treat an injured player. 

Darcheville took the ball on a solo run down the wing and outpaced three defenders, who thought the referee had stopped play, before netting. 

Monaco, who had scored eight goals in their last two games, tried everything to find an equaliser through playmaker Ludovic Giuly and league joint top goalscorer Shabani Nonda. 

But Bordeaux, who had not lost away since December, were too solid at the back and also had their share of luck as Monaco youngster Julien Rodriguez hit the post with five minutes to go. 

Monaco stay top of the table with 52 points from 30 matches. 

Bordeaux, who looked impressive on Saturday and have won five of their last six games, stay fourth but trail Monaco by just three points with a game in hand at Strasbourg. 

Third-placed Olympique Lyon narrowed the gap with the leaders to just a point after a convincing 3-1 win at home to struggling AC Ajaccio. 

Lyon's third win in a row had a distinct Brazilian flavour as midfielder Juninho hit a first-half double against Ajaccio before striker Sonny Anderson, returning after a two-month layoff with a groin injury, struck five minutes from time. – Reuters  

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