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Monaco draws 1-1 with Lille in French league

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov salvaged a 1-1 draw with Lille in the French league on Saturday after Radamel Falcao was left out of the squad amid speculation about his future.

Lille striker Nolan Roux opened the scoring with a half-volley in the 18th minute, but Berbatov equalized from close range in the 61st.

Falcao watched the game from the stands in a black suit, white shirt and red tie. The Colombia striker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Nantes last weekend but has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Manchester City or Juventus in the final days of the transfer window.

Lille played without Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou, who is courted by German clubs.

"It's not a bad result, but in our situation it's not a very good result either," Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan said. "We lacked depth and penetration in the first half while they were clinical."

Lille has eight points from the first four games, four more than Monaco.

Elsewhere, Lorient routed Guingamp 4-0 to go level with Nantes and Rennes on seven points. Nantes beat Montpellier 1-0 with a close-range effort from Serge Gakpe while Rennes edged Caen 1-0 with a penalty from Sweden forward Ola Toivonen. Lens outscored Reims 4-2 to move into the middle of the table with six points, the same total as Toulouse which defeated Evian 1-0 with a curling free kick from Adrien Regattin.

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