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Auguste Delaune 14th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Chapron

Reims Reims vs Montpellier Montpellier

Reims 3

Diego (38)
C Glombard (70)
G Courtet (86)

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Montpellier 1

R Cabella (55)

Montpellier crash at Reims

Last Updated: 14/09/12 10:42pm

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Celebrations for Reims

Celebrations for Reims

Montpellier's woeful start to the Ligue 1 season continued as the defending champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at newly-promoted Reims.

Diego Rigonato, Christopher Glombard and Gaetan Courtet were the scorers for the home side, with the only reply coming from the boot of Remy Cabella.

The result means Montpellier, who begin their Champions League campaign against Arsenal in midweek, have won just one of their opening five matches and sit on four points - three worse off than their opponents.

Montpellier had the first chance of the match after nine minutes when Emanuel Herrera released Karim Ait Fana, but the midfielder saw his attempted lob palmed away by home goalkeeper Agassa Kossi.

Visiting keeper Geoffrey Jourdren was then called into action five minutes later to repel a threatening 25-yard drive from Rigonato.

The match looked fairly even at this stage although Montpellier tried to gain the upper hand with a low strike from John Utaka which was punched clear by Agassa.

However, it was Reims who went ahead seven minutes before the interval through Rigonato, who notched his first Ligue 1 goal with a powerful finish from Antoine Devaux's long ball forward.

Montpellier were back on level terms 10 minutes into the second half. Cabella exchanged a one-two with Younes Belhanda before unleashing a right-footed strike from the edge of the area beyond the reach of Agassa.

The visitors failed to build on their momentum, however, and trailed once more after 70 minutes when Glombard picked up a loose ball in midfield before slicing through the defence and chipping Jourdren.

And Montpellier's misery was compounded four minutes from time when Glombard turned provider with a pass which Courtet fired low into the net.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26