Reuters/ Paris, France
Monaco stayed in contention in the Ligue 1 title race as they beat Dijon 3-0 at home, handing the bottom club a record defeat yesterday.
Stevan Jovetic and Wissam Ben Yedder, twice, found the back of the net after the break to put third-placed Monaco on 65 points with six games left, one behind Paris St Germain and four adrift of leaders Lille.
Dijon have now lost their last 12 league games, matching the infamous record of CA Paris in the 1933-34 season.
They are on 15 points, 15 behind 18th-placed Nimes who occupy the relegation playoff spot.
Olympique Lyonnais were scheduled to play later yesterday, and they will move within one point of Monaco if they beat Angers at home.
Monaco tested Dijon keeper Saturnin Allagbe with early efforts, but lacked precision in a lively first half.
They found a breakthrough five minutes into the second half, however, as Jovetic poked the ball home after Allagbe parried Ben Yedder’s penalty into his path following an Ecuele Manga’s foul in the area.
Ben Yedder doubled the advantage on 63 minutes, chipping the ball past Allagbe after being set up by Jovetic following a bad clearance by the Dijon defence.
Ben Yedder rounded it up one minute from time by converting his penalty this time after a foul in the box by Fouad Chafik.
He has now scored 17 times in Ligue 1 this season and trails top scorer Kylian Mbappe, who also netted in PSG’s 4-1 win at Racing Strasbourg on Saturday, by four goals.
Earlier yesterday, promoted RC Lens consolidated their fifth-place with a 4-1 home victory against Lorient.
They lead sixth-placed Olympique de Marseille, who drew 3-3 at Montpellier on Saturday, by three points.
- Rennes 1 (Terrier 52) Nantes 0
- Brest 1 (Chardonnet 26) Nimes 1 (Kone 11)
- Lens 4 (Kakuta 16-pen, Jean 39, Kalimuendo 55, Banza 88-pen) Lorient 1 (Moffi 29)
- Nice 0 Reims 0
- Saint-Etienne 4 (Khazri 19-pen, 23, 71-pen, Youssouf 81) Bordeaux 1 (Hwang 9-pen)
- Monaco 3 (Jovetic 49, Ben Yedder 63, 89-pen) Dijon 0
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