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Stade de la Mosson 15th December 2012 - Kick off 19:00

Montpellier Montpellier vs Bastia Bastia

Montpellier 4

M Estrada (14)
E Herrera (48)
Y Belhanda (60)
A Mounier (76)

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Bastia 0

Montpellier click into gear

Last Updated: 15/12/12 9:36pm

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Anthony Mounier (r): Rounded off the scoring

Anthony Mounier (r): Rounded off the scoring

Champions Montpellier moved into the top half of the Ligue 1 table for the first time this season as they secured a third consecutive win at home to Bastia.

After Marco Estrada's sensational 14th-minute opener, second-half goals from Emanuel Herrera, Younes Belhanda and Anthony Mounier ensured the recent resurgence of Rene Girard's side has now started to gather real momentum.

The 4-0 scoreline was Montpellier's biggest win of the season - beating the 3-0 success over Ajaccio only last weekend - as their disastrous start has started to fade from memory.

Montpellier have now lost just once in eight league games - 1-0 away to leaders Lyon - and can attack the second half of the campaign without the distraction of European football following their Champions League group stage exit.

They were completely dominant and Estrada had fired a long-range shot narrowly over before opening the scoring in spectacular style.

John Utaka lost the ball after clever work from Bryan Dabo but a hasty clearance fell only as far as Estrada, who launched a fiercely-struck volley from 30 yards into the top corner.

Bastia goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi prevented any further damage before half-time with superb saves to deny Herrera and Utaka, but the floodgates opened upon the resumption.

Herrera was left with the simplest of tasks of scoring on 47 minutes when Utaka skinned Gael Angoula down the left and sent in a pin-point cross.

Belhanda grabbed his second goal in three games on the hour when he raced onto Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's though-ball and powerfully picked his spot.

Bonnefoi deflected over another well-hit Herrera drive but Montpellier had another goal in them and substitute Mounier delivered it 15 minutes from the end.

Again it was a memorable strike as Belhanda's free-kick fell to Mounier, who athletically smacked a volley past Bonnefoi at his near post.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15