Falcao fires Monaco top, Nice win at Lille
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In-form Monaco reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 after an entertaining but narrow 1-0 win over Lorient at the Stade Louis II ahead of next week's trip to Paris.

Claudio Ranieri's men made it four wins from their opening five games thanks to Radamel Falcao who scored his fourth league goal of the season from the penalty spot early on.

A third defeat for the visitors leaves Les Merlus without a point or a goal on their travels so far this season and they are languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Nice are sixth after ending Lille's 100 per cent winning record at home with a 2-0 win under the closed roof of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Two first-half Dario Cvitanich strikes secured the visitors their first win on the road this season and ensured a place above their opponents in the league table.

The day's other game saw Lyon play out a goalless draw with Rennes.