PARIS (Reuters) – AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties to secure a 2-0 win at Amiens on Tuesday as they moved out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone to ease the pressure on manager Thierry Henry.
It was Monaco’s second win in three league games and saw them leapfrog Amiens and Dijon into 17th in the 20-team table.
Lille moved into second spot with a 1-0 win at Montpellier, who began the day two points above them. They are 13 points adrift of Paris St Germain who visit Strasbourg on Wednesday.
Nicolas Pepe got the only goal after seven minutes when he slotted home after good work on the left by Jonathan Ikone.
Both sides had chances to score in an end-to-end encounter but Lille showed slightly more guile and deserved the points.
In Amiens, Monaco went ahead with a Falcao penalty two minutes before the break and the Colombian doubled the lead six minutes into added time at the end with a second from the spot.
Amiens, who have now lost six of their last seven league games, were the better team throughout but profligate finishing and defensive errors cost them dearly.
Their miserable night was completed when Bakaye Dibassy was shown a red card seconds from the final whistle.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Nice drew 0-0 at home to Angers.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris)