Lille draw puts Monaco into Champions League
Paris: Monaco qualified directly for the Champions League group stages without even playing on Friday as Lille drew 1-1 at Bastia.
That result left third-placed Lille seven points behind the Principality club with just two games left.
It will be Monaco`s first group stage appearance in the Champions League since the 2004/05 season, where they lost to PSV Eindhoven in the last 16.
The year before that they reached the final where Porto beat them 3-0, while in 2005/06 they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Real Betis in the last qualifying round.
Monaco don`t play until Wednesday when Guingamp will be the visitors to the Cote d`Azur.
They are still in contention for the title but trail champions Paris Saint-Germain by eight points with both teams having three to play.
Lille could have secured third spot, and a Champions League play-off berth, with a victory but Wahbi Khazri`s goal five minutes from time denied them the victory after Salomon Kalou`s 31st minute opener.
The northerners still have an eight-point lead on Saint-Etienne, though, and need just two more points, or for their rivals to fail to win all three remaining games, to finish third.