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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 Marseille 15 34
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Bordeaux 14 24
5 Nantes 15 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11