Oct 31, 2014 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stade Louis II
MonacoAS Monaco
Echiejile (20')
Kondogbia (68')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Moukandjo (80')
Charbonnier (60'), Fofana (75')

Result: Monaco resurgence halted by Reims draw

An 80th-minute equaliser from Benjamin Moukandjo denies Monaco a third successive Ligue 1 win as Reims come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Stade Louis II.

Benjamin Moukandjo scored an 80th-minute equaliser to snatch Reims a 1-1 draw with Monaco this evening, which prevented their opponents from climbing to fourth.

A first Monaco goal for Elderson Echiejile gave the hosts the lead at the Stade Louis II, but Moukandjo's late strike denied them a third consecutive Ligue 1 win.

Anthony Martial was preferred to Lacina Traore as the man to lead the Monaco line in the absence of the injured Dimitar Berbatov, and sliced a left-footed shot over the crossbar early on.

Reims threatened once before the opening goal as Mohamed Fofana headed wide at the far post.

Bernardo Silva, preferred to dropped £30m man Joao Moutinho in midfield, provided Echiejile with Monaco's breakthrough as he released the overlapping full-back to squeeze home from a tight angle.

The game went through a quiet spell before the hosts pushed for a second prior to the break, but Martial was again high with an effort from inside the box, while Geoffrey Kondogbia had a shot blocked.

There were more bright moments for Leonardo Jardim's side after the resumption of play as Valere Germain came close after being picked out by Elderson, and Ricardo Carvalho headed narrowly over from a corner.

While Traore and Moutinho came off the bench for the big-spending hosts, Moukandjo replaced former Liverpool striker David N'gog on 62 minutes and equalised with Reims's first shot on target.

He converted from inside the six-yard box at the end of a counter-attack led by fellow substitute Nicolas de Preville as Reims extended their unbeaten run to four games with a point which sends them 12th in the table.

Monaco's Nigerian defender Elderson Echiejile celebrates after scoring a goal with Monaco's midfielder Bernardo Silva during the French L1 football match Monaco (ASMFC) vs Reims (SR) at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, southern France on October 31, 2014
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