Jardim takes positives from loss

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Leonardo Jardim took some encouragement from Monaco's 3-2 loss to Lyon by focusing on the positive performance of some of his young stars.

Nabil Fakir hit the winner at the Groupama Stadium in the fifth minute of stoppage time with a superb free-kick after Adama Traore's 34th minute goal had cancelled out Fakir's first goal on 23 minutes. 

He had put Lyon ahead following Rony Lopes' 17th minute goal that levelled the score after Mariano Diaz's 11th minute opener.

After the game Jardim said a draw would have been a fair result, but also praised a 'very positive match'.

He said told the club's official website: "It was a very balanced match. We had defensive difficulties in the first half. After half-time, we managed the game better.

"A draw would have been more justified. At the start of the game, our right side had difficulty under pressure from the opponent. We managed to stabilise the situation.

"I think our team have shown that they have solutions, that our young players work, like Adama Traore, Rony Lopes, Keita Balde: they delivered a very positive match, as [Soualiho] Meite. This is important for the present and for the future."

Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, meanwhile, felt he should have done better with the winning goal.

He explained: "For me, a goalkeeper must stop this free kick. There is no excuse. 

"When I'm in charge, I'm responsible, it's like that."

After nine Ligue 1 games, Monaco (19) are second behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain (22) with Lyon in third with 16 points.