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Municipal De Gerland (ATT 15,000) 1st December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

Lyon Lyon vs Montpellier Montpellier

Lyon 1

B Gomis (26)

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Narrow win for Lyon

Last Updated: 01/12/12 6:55pm

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Bafetimbi Gomis: Winning goal as Lyon go five points clear

Bafetimbi Gomis: Winning goal as Lyon go five points clear

Bafetimbi Gomis continued his fine form on Saturday evening as Lyon extended their advantage at the top of Ligue 1 with a narrow 1-0 victory over champions Montpellier at the Stade de Gerland.

Gomis - hat-trick hero in the midweek 4-1 win at Marseille - netted the game's only goal after 26 minutes, lifting Les Gones provisionally five points clear ahead of Saturday evening's fixtures.

The result ended Les Heraultais' five-game unbeaten run in the league, leaving the visitors too close to the relegation zone for comfort.

Gomis went close to setting up the opener after 10 minutes when he released Rachid Ghezzal, who got past Hilton and unleashed a 20-yard shot only to see Montpellier goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali make the save.

But Ligali was beaten 16 minutes later, with Gomis the man on target.

Clement Grenier picked up possession and produced the through-ball for Gomis, who controlled and muscled his way through before smashing an unstoppable right-footed effort into the net.

Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre had to be alert to preserve his side's lead five minutes later, keeping out Souleymane Camara's shot after he had been set up by Younes Belhanda.

Steed Malbranque could have given his team a two-goal interval cushion but his drive from the edge of the area, after a fine team move, was saved by Ligali at full stretch.

Montpellier had the better of the chances in the early part of the second half, Vercoutre doing well to keep out a couple of fierce attempts from Marco Estrada.

The hosts looked content to sit on their 1-0 lead, having seemingly expended a lot of energy at the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday. They almost grabbed a second through Grenier's low free-kick 17 minutes from time, but he was denied by the fists of Ligali.


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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29