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Dec 2, 2014 at 8pm UK at Stade Louis II
MonacoMonaco
2-0
Lens
Berbatov (64' pen.), Ferreira Carrasco (93')
Wallace (35')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Ten-man Monaco overcome Lens in Ligue 1 clash

Monaco manage to defeat Lens in their Ligue 1 clash despite playing the second half with 10 men as strikes from Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco secure the win.

Strikes from Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco were enough to fire 10-man Monaco to a 2-0 win over Lens in their Ligue 1 clash this evening.

Monaco's Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Monaco (ASM) vs Lens (RCL) on December 2, 2014 © Getty Images

The home side came close to opening the scoring when Fabinho tried an ambitious effort from 25 yards, but his strike almost looped over Rudy Riou, who had was forced to tip the ball onto the bar.

Berbatov could have fired his side in front when he latched on to a cross into the box, but from close range and a tight angle, the striker was unable to find a way through Riou.

Monaco were testing the defensive capabilities of the visitors and Joao Moutinho almost broke the deadlock as he picked the ball up on the edge of the area and fired a low drive towards the bottom corner, but Riou turned his strike past the post.

The home side were dealt a huge blow in the 34th minute when Wallace was sent off for a high boot on Benjamin Bourigeaud in a 50-50 challenge, but the referee deemed that the tackle from the defender was dangerous.

In the second half, Monaco had a chance to threaten when Tiemoue Bakayoko had space to run into down the right. The winger had Berbatov to hit in the box with only one defender to beat, but he put too much on his cross and the opening was spurned.

The hosts came within inches of going ahead in the 57th minute as Aymen Abedennour raided forward from the back and linked up with Berbatov. The defender struck an effort on the half-volley that Riou got a fingertip to and as a result the ball just bounced onto the bar and went over.

Monaco did take the lead in the 64th minute when Berbatov was held back in the area by Jerome Le Moigne and a penalty was awarded. The striker took the spot kick himself and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Lens had chance to hit back immediately as they were awarded a spot kick when Adamo Coulibaly was brought down in the area by Anthony Martial.

However, Pierrick Valdivia saw his tame penalty saved by Danijel Subasic, although had a glorious chance to slot home the rebound, but he somehow scuffed his effort over the bar with the goal gaping.

The visitors pressed late in the game as Monaco failed to capitalise on half-chances that came their way, and Alharbi El Jadeyaoui drilled a left-footed volley that seemed destined for the top corner, but Subasic managed to parry the ball wide.

Monaco sealed their win in stoppage time when Ferreira Carrasco won the ball down the left and beat his man with skill, and then drilled an effort from distance past Riou.

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Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho gestures during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux (FCGB) and Monaco (ASM) on August 17, 2014
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