December 12, 2012
Brest 1-2 Montpellier
French champions Montpellier continued their recent resurgence with a comeback win at Brest this evening.
A defensive blunder allowed Brest a 13th-minute opener, when Daniel Congre cleared straight to Eden Ben Basat, although worse was to come at the other end soon after when Johan Martial inexplicably put through his own net.
Montpellier's winner was at least deserving of settling the match as John Utaka finished a fine move on 56 minutes.
After a terrible start Montpellier have now lost just once in eight league games, although their mini-revival still only sees them 11th in the table as the winter break approaches.
Rene Girard's side went behind against the run of play with Alexis Thebaux forced to make a couple of early saves from Souleymane Camara and Younes Belhanda before seeing his side go ahead.
Paul Baysse delivered a dangerous low cross that Congre only hacked as far as Ben Basat, who perfectly side-footed his first-time shot back past the defender and into the net.
Brest's lead lasted just seven minutes as calamity also struck at the heart of their defence.
Remy Cabella surged into the area and, while Baysse's sliding tackle dispossessed him, the ball fell for Camara. His instinctive volley was well kept out by Thebaux, but Martial, who was laid prone in front of him, then conspired to push the ball back past him after swinging his leg at the ball.
Geoffrey Jourdren made a couple of good saves from long-range shots to keep it level into the break before Montpellier grabbed the lead for the first time soon after the resumption.
The goal owed to an eye-catching move as Cabella launched a raid that culminated in Utaka forcing in a pin-point Belhanda cross from the right of the area.
The visitors continued to dominate thereafter, with Bruno Grougi clearing a Camara header off the line, while Thebaux made another good low stop to deny Belhanda.
|1 Alexis Thébaux||16 Geoffrey Jourdren|
|12 Paul Baysse||4 Hilton|
|4 Johan Martial||3 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa|
|26 Abdoulwhaid Sissoko||21 Abdel El Kaoutari|
|5 Bernard Mendy||12 Daniel Congre|
|8 Ismael Traore||10 Younés Belhanda|
|6 Bruno Grougi||13 Marco Estrada|
|25 Kamel Chafni||14 Romain Pitau|
|20 Geoffrey Dernis||19 Souleymane Camara|
|7 Jonathan Ayite||7 John Utaka|
|9 Eden Ben Basat||20 Rémy Cabella|
|30 Johan Hartock||Anthony Mounier 8|
|11 Richard Soumah||Emanuel Herrera 11|
|29 Grégory Lorenzi||Jonathan Tinhan 15|
|23 Charlison Benshop||Bryan Dabo 26|
|22 Ousmane Coulibaly||Jonas Martin 28|
|2 Jhon Culma Jairo||Jonathan Ligali 30|
|27 Mario Licka||Mathieu Deplange 25|
|Charlison Benshop for Geoffrey Dernis (64)||Bryan Dabo for Romain Pitau (47)|
|Richard Soumah for Bruno Grougi (65)||Emanuel Herrera for Younés Belhanda (82)|
|Mario Licka for Abdoulwhaid Sissoko (79)|
|Geoffrey Dernis (44)||Rémy Cabella (72)|
|· Squads: Brest | Montpellier|