Football: Monaco remain top of Ligue 1

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (right) outruns Guingamp's French midfielder Christophe Kerbrat during their French L1 football match on Feb 25, 2017 at the Roudourou stadium.
Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (right) outruns Guingamp's French midfielder Christophe Kerbrat during their French L1 football match on Feb 25, 2017 at the Roudourou stadium. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Monaco re-established their three-point advantage at the top of Ligue 1 but the free-scoring leaders were made to work hard for a 2-1 victory at Guingamp on Saturday.

Monaco had scored 76 times in 26 games before the trip to Guingamp but found chances at a premium with Polish defender Kamil Glik's 24th-minute goal their only reward of an even first half.

Guingamp commanded plenty of possession in the second period before Monaco's Brazilian midfielder Fabinho converted a penalty in the 86th minute to seal their 19th Ligue 1 victory of the season.

Etienne Didot pulled a late consolation back for the hosts but Monaco held on for victory to climb three points clear of second-placed Nice who beat Montpellier 2-1 on Friday.

Later on Saturday, Angers host Bastia, Toulouse visit Nancy, Lille face Bordeaux and Rennes play Lorient.

Third-placed Paris Saint-Germain, who are six points adrift of Monaco, travel to Marseille on Sunday as they continue their bid for a fifth successive French league title.