January 26, 2013
Montpellier 2-0 Sochaux
Reigning champions Montpellier moved up to seventh in the Ligue 1 table with a comfortable win over lowly Sochaux tonight.
Rene Girard`s men had a shocking start to the season but have shown signs of recovery over recent months, with the latest coming tonight.
They were ahead in the 28th minute through Emanuel Herrera and had things wrapped up when John Utaka doubled their lead six minutes later.
It was all Montpellier after that and they should have added more, but had to settle for two which, at one point, looked unlikely as Sochaux started the better.
Sebastian Roudet got in on the keeper but could not get the better of Geoffrey Jourdren and then, when the goalkeeper was beaten by Yassine Mikari, Hilton was on hand to clear the danger.
After that, it was one-way traffic, and when Souleymane Camara got into the area, he flicked in a pass which Herrera coolly dispatched with a first-time volley.
One soon became two, with Loic Puojol losing possession to Henri Bedimo, a counter-attack starting and Utaka finishing it with a low drive.
After the break the onslaught continued, with Utaka heading just over from a Marco Estrada free-kick, while Estrada`s next dead ball caused keeper Simon Pouplin to make a last-ditch block.
Estrada`s deliveries were causing all sorts of chaos and he again played in Utaka whose volley was kept out by Pouplin.
It was entirely down to the stopper that the game ended 2-0, as he again produced a moment of brilliance with the clock ticking down, tipping away a Gaetan Charbonnier shot after good work from Utaka.
|16 Geoffrey Jourdren||16 Simon Pouplin|
|4 Hilton||6 Cédric Kanté|
|12 Daniel Congre||17 Mathieu Peybernes|
|5 Henri Bedimo||23 David Sauget|
|25 Mathieu Deplange||2 Sebastien Corchia|
|20 Rémy Cabella||18 Sébastien Roudet|
|13 Marco Estrada||7 Rafael Dias|
|28 Jonas Martin||5 Carlao|
|11 Emanuel Herrera||22 Cédric Bakambu|
|7 John Utaka||11 Yassin Mikari|
|19 Souleymane Camara||12 Roy Contout|
|1 Laurent Pionnier||Omar Daf 25|
|8 Anthony Mounier||Didier Ovono 40|
|6 Joris Marveaux||Vincent Nogueira 21|
|9 Gaetan Charbonnier||Slovan Privat 9|
|31 Teddy Mezague||Loïc Poujol 27|
|32 Adrian Coulome||Abdoul Razzagui Camara 13|
|33 Alexandre Cropanese||Jérôme Roussillon 14|
|Anthony Mounier for Rémy Cabella (65)||Loïc Poujol for Mathieu Peybernes (26)|
|Gaetan Charbonnier for Emanuel Herrera (88)||Slovan Privat for Roy Contout (65)|
|Joris Marveaux for Jonas Martin (88)||Abdoul Razzagui Camara for Sébastien Roudet (76)|
|Geoffrey Jourdren (12)||Carlao (48)|
|Rafael Dias (74)|
|· Squads: Montpellier | Sochaux|