Monaco scores late and moves into 2nd place in French league
The win moved deposed champion Monaco two points above Lyon in the chase for an automatic Champions League place.
Lyon is one point ahead of fourth-place Marseille ahead of next weekend’s final round.
But Strasbourg hit back late on, with striker Nuno Da Costa equalizing in the 88th and midfielder Dimitri Lienard whipping in a powerful free kick in the fourth minute of injury time to ensure the Alsace-based side’s survival in Ligue 1.
It is also close at the bottom of the table.
Toulouse, which is in 18th, lost at Bordeaux 4-2, while 19th-place Troyes missed a glaring chance in injury time and drew at Montpellier 1-1.
Since wrapping up the title with a few games to spare, Paris Saint-Germain’s form has nose-dived.
Rennes remained three points ahead of sixth-place Nice, which easily beat Caen 4-1.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli scored twice inside the first 10 minutes for Nice – including a twice-taken penalty – and set up the third goal for winger Allan Saint-Maximin. Balotelli, who has netted 18 league goals, is expected to join another club next season and was given a rousing ovation.
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