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Round 37 review: Monaco March on, Magnificent Messi

Publish on 15/05/2022 at 09:29 - L.DAVEY


Monaco climbed up to second, Rennes closed the gap on Marseille and Lionel Messi found his scoring boots for Paris Saint-Germain. Check out the action from Round 37 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!

Monaco on cloud nine

Monaco came from behind to beat Brest 4-2 at the Stade Louis II - the club's ninth-consecutive league win.

Goals from Jean-Kevin Duverne (10') and Youcef Belaïli (24') put the visitors ahead. But a Wissam Ben Yedder hat-trick (44', 51' & 55') and another from Kevin Volland (71') ensured Monaco climbed above Marseille in second place.

"I'm very happy with this result especially after falling behind," said Monaco coach Philippe Clément. "We have a grand final on Saturday. We have nothing to lose and for the first time this season, we will be able to watch what others are doing for the last ten minutes."

Rennes topple Marseille

Two first-half goals were enough for Rennes to overcome Marseille 2-0 at Roazhon Park.

Strikes from Benjamin Bourigeaud (12') and Lovro Majer (35') gave Bruno Génésio's men a deserved victory to close the gap on OM to three points.

"It was a really poor first half from us," said Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. "That's what put us on the back foot. The second half was better but we weren't good enough today. We didn't compete."

Rennes coach Bruno Génésio added: "I am very proud of my team and what they produced. We showed that we had the character to react after the defeat in Nantes. I liked what I saw."

Messi sees off Montpellier 

A first-half brace from Lionel Messi helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-0 win at Montpellier.

Messi fired the champions into a two-goal lead (8' & 20') before Angel Di Maria (26') and Kylian Mbappé (60') finished off the hosts in style.

Smash and grab for LOSC

A superb second-half comeback gave LOSC a 3-1 win at Nice.

Justin Kluivert brilliantly fired Nice ahead (31') but LOSC turned the tables through two Jonathan David goals (52' & 61') and a last-minute strike from Timothy Weah, to kill off Nice's Champions League hopes.

Narrow win for Strasbourg 

Strasbourg remained on track for European qualification after a 1-0 win over Clermont at the Stade de la Meinau.

Adrien Thomasson headed the only goal of the game in the 28th minute as Julien Stéphan's side continued their tremendous campaign. 

Lyon edge past Nantes

Lyon overcame Nantes 3-2 in an entertaining game at the Groupama Stadium.

Moussa Dembélé (9'), Lucas Paqueta (78') and Tete (85') goals were enough to claim maximum points despite Nantes scoring twice late on through Quentin Merlin (81') and Wylen Cyprien in added time.

Lens fight back at Troyes

Lens fought back from a goal down to beat Troyes 3-1 at the Stade de l'Aube.

Goals from Kevin Danso (42'), Arnaud Kalimuendo (45') and Jonathan Clauss (71') cancelled out Giulian Biancone's 14th minute opener for the hosts.

Saint-Étienne on the brink 

Reims beat Saint-Étienne 2-1 at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard to leave Les Verts on the brink of relegation.

Eliaquim Mangala's goal for the hosts (12') cancelled out Marshall Munetsi's opener (2'). Kamory Doumbia struck the winner for Oscar Garcia's side on the hour mark. 

Metz win again

Metz's late bid for survival continued when they beat Angers 1-0 at the Stade Saint Symphorien.

Didier Lamkel Zé struck the only goal of the game to move Metz into 18th place ahead of their final day trip to Paris Saint-Germain.

Bordeaux stalemate 

Bordeaux drew 0-0 with Lorient at the Matmut Atlantique to all-but confine David Guion's side to relegation.

Bordeaux sit bottom of the table, with only an 18th placed finish and the relegation play-off possible although extremely unlikely due to a highly-inferior goal difference.




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