Lille draw puts Monaco into Champions League

AFP| Last Updated: May 03, 2014, 11:04 AM IST

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.