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LOSC Lille Metropole (ATT 44,735) 22nd December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Lille Lille vs Montpellier Montpellier

Lille 4

D Congre (og 24)
D Payet (43)
N Roux (62)
R Mendes (74)

ft

Montpellier 1

Y Belhanda (S/O 45+1)
S Camara (82)

Lille thrash Montpellier

Last Updated: 22/12/12 6:57pm

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Lille celebrate against Montpellier

Lille celebrate against Montpellier

Lille will head into the winter break in high spirits after hammering reigning Ligue 1 champions Montpellier 4-1 at Grand Stade Metropole.

A Daniel Congre own goal and further strikes from Dimitri Payet, Nolan Roux and Ryan Mendes boosted Lille's European aspirations.

Souleymane Camara got a late consolation for the visitors, who had Younes Belhanda sent off when they were 2-0 down just before half-time.

There was an early warning sign for Montpellier when Salomon Kalou broke into the box and was denied by Geoffrey Joudren's save.

The opener arrived in the 23rd minute. Payet teed up Roux, whose fierce shot took a deflection off Congre to loop over the helpless Joudren.

Roux and Payet combined again for the second just three minutes before the interval. Roux picked out his team-mate, who controlled before firing a curling strike beyond Joudren's despairing dive.

Things quickly got worse for Montpellier when Belhanda was dismissed seconds before the interval.

The midfielder was shown a red card for his challenge on Benoit Pedretti, although replays suggested the Morocco international's second dismissal of the season was extremely harsh.

Joudren kept out a Roux header with a sharp save but he could not prevent the striker making it 3-0 just after the hour mark.

Marvin Martin played him in on goal and he coolly rolled a right-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Mendes converted from close range after Joudren had tipped away a Roux shot after more sharp work from the lively Kalou.

Montpellier did at least get a goal back with eight minutes to play. Lille keeper Steeve Elana and defender Lucas Digne left a loose ball to each other and Anthony Mounier pounced to give Camara a tap-in.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20