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French Ligue 1

Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani 11th May 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Gautier

Bastia Bastia vs Montpellier Montpellier

Bastia 3

C Beauvue (16)
A Modeste (32, 87)


Montpellier 1

J Utaka (31)

Bastia safe in Ligue 1

Last Updated: 11/05/13 10:41pm

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Modeste: Impressed for Bastia

Modeste: Impressed for Bastia

Anthony Modeste starred as Bastia beat Montpellier 3-1 to secure their place in Ligue 1 for next season.

Modeste scored twice to secure the win after John Utaka had cancelled out Claudio Beauvue's opener for the hosts.

The win lifted Bastia nine points clear of the drop zone and ensured they can relax for the final two games of the campaign.

They went close early on when Walid Khazri got through on goal, but after holding off a challenge the striker could only shoot straight at Laurent Pionnier.

It was not long before the hosts took the lead.

Modeste was the creator and when the ball fell to Beauvue he sent a superb volley beyond Pionnier and into the top corner.

Montpellier dragged themselves back into the game when Marco Estrada found an unmarked Utaka, who scored from six yards, but parity lasted a matter of seconds.

The hosts went straight up the other end and Florian Thauvin delivered a pinpoint cross for Modeste, who headed beyond Pionnier to cut short the visitors' celebrations.

Montpellier showed little sign of getting back on level terms in the second half and Souleymane Camara's effort early on which sailed over the bar was the closest they came to finding another equaliser.

Instead their misery was complete when Bastia added a third with the only real chance of the second period.

Jerome Rothen swung a corner into the area and Modeste escaped his marker to head beyond Pionnier and seal a comfortable win.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 10 25
2 Paris St Germain 10 18
3 Bordeaux 10 18
4 Lyon 10 17
5 St Etienne 10 17
6 Nantes 10 16
7 Metz 10 15
8 Lille 10 15
9 Toulouse 10 14
10 Monaco 10 14
11 Montpellier 10 14
12 Nice 10 14
13 Rennes 10 12
14 Reims 10 11
15 Lorient 10 10
16 Bastia 10 10
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 10 10
18 Caen 10 9
19 Guingamp 10 9
20 RC Lens 10 8