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French Ligue 1

Stade de L'Aube 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot

Troyes Troyes vs Montpellier Montpellier

Troyes 1

F Camus (41)

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Montpellier 1

Y Belhanda (19)

All square in Troyes

Last Updated: 03/11/12 9:42pm

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Younes Belhanda celebrates putting Montpellier ahead

Younes Belhanda celebrates putting Montpellier ahead

An evenly matched Ligue 1 clash between Troyes and Montpellier ended with a fitting 1-1 draw at Stade de l'Aube.

The visiting side took the lead after 19 minutes when Younes Belhanda put the finishing touch to a fine passing move but second-bottom Troyes levelled four minutes before the break via Fabien Camus.

Both sides had chances to take all three points in the second period but neither can feel aggrieved at sharing the spoils.

Montpellier started in positive frame of mind, Belhanda linking with John Utaka for the first chance of the game only for the latter's shot to be blocked by Matthieu Saunier.

Belhanda was involved again in the 17th minute, his corner finding Hilton, whose header squirmed narrowly wide.

The breakthrough soon arrived and it was no surprise to see Belhanda on the end of a flowing move that drew in Utaka and Remy Cabella. The Moroccan produced a crisp finish from 25 yards to leave Yohann Thuram well beaten in the Troyes goal.

The game drifted for the next 20 minutes, neither side doing much, but the hosts were surprisingly level in the 41st minute when Camus notched.

Benjamin Nivet was partially responsible for the assist and although Camus was an unintended recipient he produced a decisive finish.

Buoyed by their equaliser, Troyes came out with greater intent after the restart.

Camus crossed for Marcos two minutes into the half and the Brazilian shot just over the crossbar.

Camus himself then drew a low save from Geoffrey Jourdren on the hour mark.

The visitors might easily have gone back in front in the 68th minute when Garry Bocaly surged forward and lofted a pass towards Gaetan Charbonnier, whose header required a swift reflex save from Thuram.

Both sides had time for one more shot at the winner, Marcos denied by Jourdren and Souleymane Camara failing to beat Thuram with five minutes to play.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26