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Europe football round-up: El Shaarawy stars in Roma win; Monaco lose

January 31, 2016 16:35 IST

AS Roma's Stephan El Shaarawy (centre) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Frosinone during their Serie A match at Olympic stadium in Rome on Saturday

IMAGE: AS Roma's Stephan El Shaarawy (centre) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Frosinone during their Serie A match at Olympic stadium in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Debutant Stephan El Shaarawy scored with a crafty backheeled volley to give AS Roma a 3-1 win over Frosinone in Serie A on Saturday, their first under coach Luciano Spalletti.

Ervin Zukanovic, another new signing, also played a key role in Roma's first win in three attempts under Spalletti, who was brought back for a second stint at the club after Rudi Garcia was sacked earlier this month.

Zukanovic, signed on loan from Sampdoria, prevented Roma from going behind when he headed the ball off the line in the 17th minute.

It was a crucial save as one minute later Radja Nainggolan, despite being on the ground in the middle of a penalty area scramble, managed to poke the ball past Nicola Leali to give Roma the lead.

Daniel Ciofani brought Serie A debutants Frosinone back into the game when he cleverly flicked the ball up and volleyed past Wojciech Szczesny five minutes later.

Roma stayed fifth with 38 points, nine behind leaders Napoli who are at home to Empoli on Sunday.

Ligue 1: Angers go third after thrashing Monaco 3-0

Angers captain Cheikh N'Doye scored two first half goals as second-placed Monaco slumped to a surprise 3-0 defeat on Saturday and their first Ligue 1 loss in 10 matches.

With Paris St Germain already far in the distance, 21 points clear and now with a game in hand, Monaco now face a fight to stay second with Angers moving up to third place and only two points adrift.

Nice, who are at Caen on Sunday, are fourth and just a point behind Angers. PSG are away at St Etienne, also on Sunday.

Angers had lost three of their previous four games, including a 5-1 thrashing by PSG last week, and not scored three goals in a match all season but Monaco were outplayed at the Stade Jean Bouin despite starting brightly.

Senegal midfielder N'Doye opened the scoring from close range with a deflection off his knee after a set piece in the 19th and poached his second in the 43rd after Billy Ketkeophomphone hit the bar.

Mohamed Yattara then scored his first for the club 10 minutes after the break.

At the bottom end of the table, Montpellier moved further away from the relegation zone with a 4-0 win at Ajaccio. The bottom three clubs, Reims, Toulose and Troyes, all lost.

Corsican side Bastia enjoyed a 1-0 home win over a mediocre Olympique Lyon and moved up to 13th. 

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