Jardim hails ‘important’ win

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Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim felt his side was fortunate to beat Lille on Friday night but was delighted with the result.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim felt his side was fortunate to beat Lille on Friday night but was delighted with the result.

The principality outfit moved nine points clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone after Carlos Vinicius bagged a 90th-minute winner at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

The result means Monaco have picked up 11 points from their past five games, and from what seemed like almost certain relegation when Thierry Henry was in charge, there is now renewed optimism they will be playing top-flight football again next season.

Lille sit second in the standings, seven points clear of third-placed Lyon, and Jardim was happy that his charges managed to beat such a strong side.

‘A victory like this one, against the second best team in the league, is very important,’ he told the club’s website.

‘We scored at the end but their goalkeeper made two exceptional saves from Gelson Martins.

‘ However, the man who was sacked on October 11 last year before returning to the post on January 29, admitted that a share of the spoils would probably have been a better refection of the contest.

‘Perhaps a draw would have been a fair result, as Lille dominated the first half, and we had more chances in the second,’ Jardim added.

‘A draw would have been a good result but we kept three forwards right to the end because it’s in our DNA to play to win, to always try to get a victory.’

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