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Stade de la Mosson 12th January 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Montpellier Montpellier vs Lorient Lorient

Montpellier 2

G Charbonnier (79, 90)

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Last Updated: 12/01/13 10:13pm

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Gaetan Charbonnier: Netted a brace for Montpellier

Gaetan Charbonnier: Netted a brace for Montpellier

Gaetan Charbonnier's late double lifted Montpellier to their fourth straight home win in Ligue 1 at the expense of battling Lorient.

Charbonnier struck 11 minutes from time and again at the death to condemn Lorient to a first defeat in six on their return from the winter break.

The win takes Montpellier into eighth place in the standings, two points behind Lorient who drop to sixth.

Reigning champions Montpellier have been disappointing in the defence of their title this season and optimism was muted in the home camp, with talismanic midfielder Younes Belhanda away on African Nations Cup duty with Morocco.

Yet the hosts began brightly and 17 minutes were on the clock when Souleymane Camara got into the area and rounded goalkeeper Fabien Audard only for Gregory Bourillon to step in and clear.

Four minutes later Montpellier's John Utaka attacked down the left and cut into the area, beating Bourillon before poking the ball into the side netting.

After soaking up the earlier pressure Lorient almost went in front in the 22nd minute but Jeremie Aliadiere's effort was ruled out for offside.

Just after the half-hour Montpellier's Emmanuel Herrera went close twice inside a minute. First his powerful shot from the edge of the area found the side netting, then, after being set up by Daniel Congre, the Argentinian inexplicably headed wide when unmarked six yards out.

The hosts were on the attack again in the 59th minute, Utaka's cross finding Camara whose right-footed half-volley was cleared away by defender Maxime Barthelme.

In the 65th minute Lorient went close when Aliadiere feinted to shoot before rolling the ball into the path of Julien Quercia, who saw his shot well saved by Laurent Pionnier.

The breakthrough arrived in the 79th minute after Lorient lost possession in midfield and Remy Cabella capitalised, releasing Charbonnier who ran on to slot the ball through Audard's legs.

The hosts made sure of the points in stoppage time when Anthony Mounier delivered a cross from the left and Charbonnier arrived on cue to bury a superb right-footed volley at the far 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