PARIS (AP) — Monaco moved level with title rival Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league on Sunday after drawing 1-1 against an impressive Reims side.
"Taking into account it was the third match in a week, it was very good," Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. "It was a nice match, the two teams wanted to win and a draw seems fair to me. I'm not disappointed.
"When you can't win, it's important not to lose. We didn't lose, we're at the top of the table, it's good."
Reims, which had drawn its previous four matches, took a surprise lead in the fourth minute when an unmarked Antoine Devaux headed in a perfect cross from Atila Turan.
Monaco leveled less than 10 minutes later with a fantastic free kick from Moutinho, who curled it in at the near post from 22 yards (meters) out.
It was the first time a player other than Emmanuel Riviere or Radamel Falcao had scored for Monaco this season.
Both teams hit the woodwork in the second half, with Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa doing well to push Layvin Kurzawa's fierce header onto the bar three minutes after the break.
Shortly after the hour mark, Floyd Ayite controlled a brilliant lobbed pass from around 60 yards (meters) and raced forward before unleashing a powerful effort which crashed off the crossbar.
Turan was sent off three minutes from full time for a second booking — just 30 seconds after being shown a first yellow card for dissent.
Earlier, Montpellier was also held to a fifth successive draw, finishing up 1-1 with Ajaccio in Corsica in a match which both teams finished with 10 men. Newly-promoted Nantes won 3-1 at Rennes.
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