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French Ligue 1

Stade de la Mosson 26th January 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: S Ennjimi

Montpellier Montpellier vs Sochaux Sochaux

Montpellier 2

E Herrera (28)
J Utaka (34)

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Sochaux 0

Montpellier ease to victory

Last Updated: 26/01/13 10:34pm

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Emmanuel Herrera celebrates his opening goal

Emmanuel Herrera celebrates his opening goal

Reigning champions Montpellier moved up to seventh in the Ligue 1 table with a comfortable 2-0 win over lowly Sochaux.

Rene Girard's men had a shocking start to the season but have shown signs of recovery over recent months, with the latest coming on Saturday.

They were ahead in the 28th minute through Emanuel Herrera and had things wrapped up when John Utaka doubled their lead six minutes later.

It was all Montpellier after that and they should have added more, but had to settle for two which, at one point, looked unlikely as Sochaux started the better.

Sebastian Roudet got in on the keeper but could not get the better of Geoffrey Jourdren and then, when the goalkeeper was beaten by Yassine Mikari, Hilton was on hand to clear the danger.

After that, it was one-way traffic, and when Souleymane Camara got into the area, he flicked in a pass which Herrera coolly dispatched with a first-time volley.

One soon became two, with Loic Puojol losing possession to Henri Bedimo, a counter-attack starting and Utaka finishing it with a low drive.

After the break the onslaught continued, with Utaka heading just over from a Marco Estrada free-kick, while Estrada's next dead ball caused keeper Simon Pouplin to make a last-ditch block.

Estrada's deliveries were causing all sorts of chaos and he again played in Utaka whose volley was kept out by Pouplin.

It was entirely down to the stopper that the game ended 2-0, as he again produced a moment of brilliance with the clock ticking down, tipping away a Gaetan Charbonnier shot after good work from Utaka.

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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