Monaco held to a draw by Toulouse

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

French Ligue 1 (first division) leaders AS Monaco were held to a one-all draw away to relegation-threatened Toulouse.

Monaco held to a draw by Toulouse

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French Ligue 1 (first division) leaders AS Monaco were held to a one-all draw away to relegation-threatened Toulouse at the Municipal Stadium. The Monagasque outfit looked slow and weary, following their two-one defeat away to Lokomotiv Moscow in the UEFA Champions League first round tie on Tuesday, and it was no surprise when Sylvain Didot opened the scoring for the hosts in the 47th minute with a fine header. Monaco then had to wait until the 70th minute to equalize through defender Gale Givet and the draw means they remain four points ahead of Olympique Lyon in second place, who also dropped points away to Lens, while Paris Saint Germain stay third. Despite topping the Ligue 1 table by four points, Monaco's recent form had deserted them with just three wins in eight games but they had won seven times on their travels this season. In contrast, Relegation-threatened opponents Toulouse had won just two home games all season but Predrag Ocokoljic nearly gave his side a shock lead after he made a fine break out of defence before volleying the resultant cross just wide of Flavio Roma's far post. However, Toulouse did finally open the scoring two minutes after half-time when Florent Balmont passed short to Ludovic Clement who bent a fine cross into the near post which was met by Sylvain Didot's powerful header. The leaders were in trouble but when Jerome Rothen's cross was partially cleared before the ball was volleyed back into the box, defender Gael Givet headed the equaliser past Christophe Revault. All square in the 70th minute, to the relief of Monaco coach Didier Deschamps. The visitors should have taken all three points but when Jaroslav Plasil flighted the ball into the box at the second time of asking, the Czech Republic international striker Dado Prso pounced on the loose ball only to scuff his shot straight at Revault. The draw means they remain four points ahead of Olympique Lyon in second place, who also dropped points away to Lens, while Paris Saint Germain stay third. (AP)



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