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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 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 18 37
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Bordeaux 18 31
6 Monaco 18 29
7 Rennes 18 28
8 Nantes 18 27
9 Montpellier 18 25
10 Reims 18 25
11 Nice 19 22
12 Lille 17 21
13 Guingamp 18 21
14 Lorient 18 20
15 Toulouse 18 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 18 19
19 Bastia 18 17
20 Caen 18 14