September 14, 2012
Champions stunned by Reims
caption:Stade Reims players celebrate Diego's opener against Montpellier
Montpellier's woeful start to the Ligue 1 season continued as the defending champions crashed to defeat at newly promoted Reims.
Diego Rigonato, Christopher Glombard and Gaetan Courtet were the scorers for the home side, with the only reply coming from the boot of Remy Cabella.
The result means Montpellier, who begin their Champions League campaign against Arsenal in midweek, have won just one of their opening five matches and sit on four points - three worse off than tonight's opponents.
Montpellier had the first chance of the match after nine minutes when Emanuel Herrera released Karim Ait Fana, but the midfielder saw his attempted lob palmed away by home goalkeeper Agassa Kossi.
Visiting keeper Geoffrey Jourdren was then called into action five minutes later to repel a threatening 25-yard drive from Rigonato.
The match looked fairly even at this stage although Montpellier tried to gain the upper hand with a low strike from John Utaka which was punched clear by Agassa.
However, it was Reims who went ahead seven minutes before the interval through Rigonato, who notched his first Ligue 1 goal with a powerful finish from Antoine Devaux's long ball forward.
Montpellier were back on level terms 10 minutes into the second half. Cabella exchanged a one-two with Younes Belhanda before unleashing a right-footed strike from the edge of the area beyond the reach of Agassa.
The visitors failed to build on their momentum, however, and trailed once more after 70 minutes when Glombard picked up a loose ball in midfield before slicing through the defence and chipping Jourdren.
And Montpellier's misery was compounded four minutes from time when Glombard turned provider with a pass which Courtet fired low into the net.
|Stade de Reims||Montpellier|
|16 Kossi Agassa||16 Geoffrey Jourdren|
|25 Anthony Weber||4 Hilton|
|22 Michael Tacalfred||12 Daniel Congre|
|26 Pape N'Diaye Souare||5 Henri Bedimo|
|23 Aissa Mandi||2 Garry Bocaly|
|21 Bocundji Ca||10 Younés Belhanda|
|6 Antoine Devaux||13 Marco Estrada|
|4 Grzegorz Krychowiak||22 Benjamin Stambouli|
|13 Nicolas Fauvergue||11 Emanuel Herrera|
|11 Diego||7 John Utaka|
|27 Christopher Glombard||18 Karim Ait Fana|
|24 Florent Ghisolfi||Souleymane Camara 19|
|3 Franck Signorino||Laurent Pionnier 1|
|5 Kamel Ghilas||Cyril Jeunechamp 27|
|15 Khalid Sekkat||Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 3|
|30 Jérémy Malherbe||Anthony Mounier 8|
|18 Gaetan Courtet||Joris Marveaux 6|
|20 Quentin Pereira||Rémy Cabella 20|
|Florent Ghisolfi for Bocundji Ca (69)||Souleymane Camara for John Utaka (26)|
|Gaetan Courtet for Nicolas Fauvergue (76)||Rémy Cabella for Emanuel Herrera (55)|
|Anthony Mounier for Karim Ait Fana (74)|
|Christopher Glombard (51)||Henri Bedimo (81)|
|· Squads: Stade de Reims | Montpellier|