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Stade de la Mosson 6th April 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Kalt

Montpellier Montpellier vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

Montpellier 3

S Camara (18)
D Congre (60)
Y Belhanda (86)


Valenc'nes 1

O Nguette (40)

Montpellier maintain Euro push

Last Updated: 06/04/13 9:38pm

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Montpellier celebrate Daniel Congre's goal

Montpellier celebrate Daniel Congre's goal

Montpellier revived their European bid with a 3-1 victory over free-falling Valenciennes at the Stade de la Mosson.

Second-half goals from Daniel Congre and Younes Belhanda ensured the Ligue 1 champions ended a three-game winless run.

It also closed the gap on the European places, with fourth-placed Nice three points ahead, although St Etienne and Lille could extend that gap on Sunday.

Valenciennes, who have now won just once in 13 games, had gone into half-time level when Opa Nguette cancelled out Souleymane Camara's 18th-minute opener.

But a first win in Montpellier for 20 years was beyond VA as they now start to look over their shoulders with a six-point gap on the relegation places.

Following a quiet opening to the game Montpellier led when Valenciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau failed to claim a Remy Cabella cross and Camara superbly headed in.

A low tempo continued after the breakthrough but shortly before the interval Valenciennes dragged themselves back level. Maor Melikson was the provider and, after beating three defenders, he teed up Nguette to fire into the top corner for the leveller.

Montpellier had the chance to double their lead just after the break when Cabella picked out Marvin Martin but the former Sochaux midfielder's effort shaved Penneteau's post.

The hosts did retake the lead on the hour mark through Congre.

Belhanda and Cabella combined to try and find Gaetan Charbonnier but despite the striker coming up short Congre was there with a precise finish.

Montpellier's Martin was gifted with another great opportunity to secure the points for his team but Penneteau saved his effort when one-on-one.

A third goal did come for the hosts though with just a few minutes left to play.

On the counter-attack Belhanda picked out Camara who obliged the Moroccan with a return pass to secure all three points.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15