PARIS: Mike Maignan’s brilliant injury-time save earned Lille a 0-0 draw at Monaco, but the door is open for Paris Saint-Germain to go top on goal difference with a home win later Sunday against struggling Nantes.
Maignan showed superb composure and reflexes to stick out his right leg and block Stevan Jovetic’s effort at Stade Louis II.
Jovetic expertly took down a long ball on the right of the penalty area and angled his shot to the left post, but Maignan read it well just like he did when he made an injury-time save against Strasbourg last month.
Lille’s iron defense has kept 16 clean sheets this season, including seven in the past nine games, and conceded just 17 goals in 29 matches. The 25-year-old Maignan is pushing to be France’s No. 2 goalkeeper behind stalwart Hugo Lloris.
In a game of few chances, Lille forward Jonathan David was perhaps too unselfish when he tried and failed to pick out Timothy Weah in the 55th minute, rather than advancing into the penalty area and going for goal himself.
Monaco is in fourth place.
Sixth-place Lens drew 2-2 at home to seventh-place Metz in an entertaining match where Lens twice took the lead.
Winger Benjamin Bourigeaud scored the only goal as eighth-place Rennes beat Strasbourg 1-0 to end a dismal run of six straight defeats.
South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo netted twice as midtable Bordeaux won 3-1 at last-place Dijon, while striker Andy Delort grabbed Montpellier’s equalizer in a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Nimes.
Lorient picked up a point in its relegation fight with a 1-1 home draw with Nice.
Seven-time champion Lyon drew 1-1 at Reims on Friday and Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli won his second game since taking charge on Saturday.
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