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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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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 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
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 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
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