Khadra’s goal puts Reims back on the road to French success
An individual flash of brilliance from striker Reda Khadra helped Reims snap a three-match losing streak away from home with a 3-1 win at third-placed Monaco in the French league.
It was Khadra’s first goal in the competition after the former Germany under-21 international joined from Brighton.
Khadra collected the ball on the right flank and dealt with Guillermo Maripan by tapping the ball forward with his heel.
Once in the penalty area, Khadra dribbled past Soungoutou Magassa, then resisted Maripan’s return and fired home from close range.
The Champagne club moved up to fifth place in the standings, four points behind Monaco.
Second-placed Nice lost 2-0 in Rennes on Saturday.
Benjamin Bourigeaud broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and Arnaud Kalimuendo added the second.
Leader Paris Saint-Germain resumes their league campaign after the festive season break with a visit to last season’s runners-up Lens on Sunday.
Monaco had most of the ball in the first half but lacked precision in the final third.
The home side had their first real chance after 17 minutes when Kassoum Ouattara was well positioned on the left side of the area, but lost his duel with goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf.
Aleksandr Golovin had the opportunity to break the deadlock shortly afterwards after Wissam Ben Yedder’s pass on the edge of the penalty area, but the Monaco playmaker shot over the bar.
Diouf then produced a superb save to deny Ben Yedder’s right-footed effort from close range.
Reims took the lead against the run of play when captain Teddy Teuma unleashed a powerful strike into the left corner from outside the penalty area to cap off a slick counter-attack in the 35th minute. It was Teuma’s fifth goal this season.
A fine cross from Golovin helped Monaco level just after the break, with Ben Yedder heading the ball past Diouf at the penalty spot.
It didn’t take long before Reims took the lead again thanks to Khadra’s effort. Azor Matusiwa completed the win in injury time.
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