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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 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26