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Falcao scores, but Monaco held to draw by Evian

Photo: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Monaco forward Radamel Falcao jumps into the arms of teammate Lucas Ocampos in celebration of his ninth Ligue 1 goal of the season in his side's 1-1 draw with Evian on Friday.

MONACO (AP) - Radamel Falcao scored to help Monaco salvage a 1-1 draw with Evian and pull within two points of leader Paris Saint-Germain in the French league.

Evian midfielder Daniel Wass outpaced the Monaco defense to open the scoring in the 21st minute before Falcao fired a low strike into the bottom corner in the 27th for his ninth league goal this season.

Evian threatened in the opening minute with a free kick from midfielder Cedric Barbosa that took a deflection off the wall but Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made the save.

However, the hosts soon put Evian on the back foot. Evian goalkeeper Jesper Hansen palmed away a bouncing volley from Yannick Ferreira Carrasco in the 17th and Monaco winger Lucas Ocampos wasted a good chance in the 20th by unleashing a low drive wide while an unmarked Falcao was waiting for a low cross at the far post.

A goal kick from Hansen helped Evian score against the run of play. Evian striker Pape Amodou Sougou redirected it toward Wass, who held off a challenge from Layvin Kurzawa to shoot past Subasic.

Evian came close to doubling the lead in the 25th when Sougou skipped past Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan but Subasic quickly came off his line to deny the Evian striker.

Monaco dominated possession but it equalized on a counterattack. Colombia international James Rodriguez slipped a through ball to Falcao, who scored with a diagonal shot.

Evian was dealt a blow in the 33rd when Barbosa picked up a shoulder injury and was replaced by Nicolas Benezet.

Rodriguez took the Evian defense by surprise in the 43rd by sending a corner outside the area for Toulalan, whose low volley sailed wide.

Monaco pushed for the winner in the second half by playing with two strikers, as Emmanuel Riviere replaced Ferreira Carrasco in the 68th.

But it was Evian which created the best chances. Sougou charged down a clearance from Monaco centerback Eric Abidal to be clean through on goal in the 65th, but Subasic stopped his effort with his right foot. Subasic also parried long-range strikes from Evian substitute Dan Nistor in the 74th and the 84th. The Monaco goalkeeper was lucky to see Sougou fire over the bar from 10 yards in the 82nd.

Despite Evian's pressure, Monaco nearly netted the winner in the 88th when Ocampos struck the post from 18 yards.

On Saturday, it's: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Nice; Bastia vs. Rennes; Guingamp vs. Lille; Lorient vs. Reims; Toulouse vs. Ajaccio; and Valenciennes vs. Montpellier.

On Sunday, Saint-Etienne hosts Lyon, Nantes visits Bordeaux and Marseille faces Sochaux.

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