May 18, 2013
Montpellier 0-0 Lille
Lille's European hopes remained in the balance as they were held at Montpellier tonight.
The visitors could have gone level with Lyon in third place with a win, but instead they had to make do with fifth place and finishing the game with 10 men following Benoit Pedretti's injury-time red card for dissent.
Lille could slip a place if Nice beat Lyon tomorrow in their re-arranged clash.
Tonight's match was Montpellier coach Rene Girard's last home game in charge and his side started well as they tried to give him an ideal send-off.
Younes Belhanda's corner picked out Emanuel Herrera at the far post and his header fell to Marco Estrada, whose shot was deflected behind.
At the other end Salomon Kalou's shot skimmed a post, but Montpellier went even closer when Belhanda's header from a Remy Cabella corner came back off the bar.
Kalou continued to look threatening and his volley from a Pedretti cross was inches wide.
Chances kept on coming at both ends after the break with Souleymane Camara shooting just over from close range for the hosts and Florent Balmont's fierce shot working Geoffrey Jourdren at the other end.
Lille finished strongly and Dimitri Payet controlled a Pedretti cross before letting fly from 25 yards out, but Joudren was equal to the effort.
And the match finished on a sour note for the visitors with Pedretti dismissed two minutes into added time for talking back to the referee.
|16 Geoffrey Jourdren||30 Barel Mouko|
|21 Abdel El Kaoutari||25 Marko Basa|
|31 Teddy Mezague||22 Aurelien Chedjou|
|5 Henri Bedimo||3 Lucas Digne|
|12 Daniel Congre||18 Franck Beria|
|10 Younés Belhanda||24 Rio Mavuba|
|13 Marco Estrada||10 Marvin Martin|
|22 Benjamin Stambouli||4 Florent Balmont|
|11 Emanuel Herrera||8 Salomon Kalou|
|20 Rémy Cabella||7 Dimitri Payet|
|19 Souleymane Camara||20 Ronny|
|1 Laurent Pionnier||Benoit Pedretti 17|
|14 Romain Pitau||Djibril Sidibe 15|
|18 Karim Ait Fana||Steeve Elana 16|
|26 Bryan Dabo||Tulio De Melo 9|
|28 Jonas Martin||Nolan Roux 26|
|25 Mathieu Deplange||Idrissa Gana Gueye 5|
|Divock Origi 33|
|Jonas Martin for Emanuel Herrera (80)||Djibril Sidibe for Aurelien Chedjou (43)|
|Romain Pitau for Marco Estrada (90)||Tulio De Melo for Ronny (70)|
|Karim Ait Fana for Younés Belhanda (90)||Benoit Pedretti for Marvin Martin (80)|
|Younés Belhanda (12)||Marvin Martin (11)|
|Djibril Sidibe (61)|
|Franck Beria (78)|
|Benoit Pedretti (90)|
|· Squads: Montpellier | Lille|