Monaco loses 1-0 at Evian

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Monaco let Paris Saint-Germain run away with the title by losing 1-0 at struggling Evian in the French league on Saturday.

Evian defender Cedric Mongongu converted a penalty in the 84th minute after Monaco centerback Ricardo Carvalho blocked a goal attempt from Cedric Barbosa with his hand.

PSG edged Nice 1-0 on Friday to extend its lead over second-place Monaco to 13 points with just seven rounds left.

"Did we lose the title today? No. For me, it was over at the start of the season," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri told a news conference, implicitly referring to PSG's better squad.

Monaco midfielder James Rodriguez wasted a good chance in the 50th. Clean through on goal, Rodriguez pounced on a low pass from Valere Germain but missed the target from six yards.

Evian remained in 17th place but moved five points clear of the relegation zone. Despite a rough season, Evian is no stranger to such feats as it also beat PSG 2-0 in December.

Elsewhere, Marseille was dealt a hard blow to its hopes for a European spot with a 1-1 draw at relegation-embattled Sochaux.

Sochaux centerback Stoppila Sunzu opened the scoring by heading home a corner from Sebastien Roudet in the 25th minute. Marseille centerback Nicolas Nkoulou equalized in the last minute with a header off a poor clearance from the Sochaux defense.

"One point is not enough, but I'll take it because it's better than zero," Marseille coach Jose Anigo told a news conference. "There's no shame in coming away with a point from Sochaux, which is fighting relegation and is a team hard to play."