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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 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22