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Stade de la Mosson 16th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: O Thual

Montpellier Montpellier vs Nancy Nancy

Montpellier 1

E Herrera (34)

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Nancy 0

Montpellier up to ninth

Last Updated: 16/02/13 9:52pm

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Emanuel Herrera: Earned victory for Montpellier

Emanuel Herrera: Earned victory for Montpellier

A solitary goal by Emanuel Herrera guided Montpellier to a narrow win over Nancy as they moved up to ninth in Ligue 1.

Herrera struck after 34 minutes when he headed home but it was not a dominant performance by Montpellier in any way with Thomas Mangani hitting the bar for the visitors as time wore down.

While Montpellier are in mid-table, Nancy are rock-bottom, their mini-revival apparently over with two successive defeats.

It was the strugglers though who first showed as an attacking unit, Lossemy Karaboue's low 20-yard drive blocked by Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren.

Montpellier responded with Herrera unleashing a shot on target from an acute angle which Damien Gregorini blocked but the same player put the hosts ahead 11 minutes before the break, heading home Anthony Mounier's cross from the right.

Five minutes before the break visiting goalkeeper Gregorini denied John Utaka to keep the scoreline down to a single goal.

Gregorini then blocked Daniel Congre's instant fired shot before Jourdren punched away Mangani's low drive fromt he edge of the area.

With seven minutes left the woodwork rescued Montpellier when Mangani's right-footed shot from close range hit the bar and although Utaka was denied by Gregorini, it was Nancy who nearly scored the next goal, Jourdren called on to deflect Djamel Bakar's volley for a corner in injury time.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29