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French Ligue 1

Stade de la Mosson 25th November 2012 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: R Buquet

Montpellier Montpellier vs Bordeaux Bordeaux

Montpellier 1

R Cabella (68)

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Cabella gives Montpellier victory

Last Updated: 25/11/12 3:46pm

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Remy Cabella in action for Montpellier

Remy Cabella in action for Montpellier

Bordeaux missed the chance to move to the top of the Ligue 1 table as Remy Cabella's goal midway through the second half gave struggling champions Montpellier a 1-0 victory.

The hosts started the game level with Sochaux, who occupied the third relegation spot - but Cabella's goal was just reward for their second-half display and gave them only a fourth win in 14 games, lifting them five places to 12th.

Montpellier started brightly and Marco Estrada's 10th-minute inswinging corner struck the Bordeaux post.

The visitors responded with Fahid Ben Khalfallah curling a free-kick narrowly wide from 30 yards 12 minutes later, then in the 33rd minute Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa needed to race back to deflect Nicolas Maurice-Belay's shot wide for a corner.

Souleymane Camara headed inches wide in the 56th minute from Daniel Congre's cross, then three minutes later Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso denied Cabella after Henrique had lost possession.

The decisive breakthrough came in the 68th minute when Cabella controlled Romain Pitau's cross from the left before firing past Carrasso.

The Bordeaux goalkeeper prevented his team falling 2-0 behind four minutes later, saving Estrada's well-struck 30-yard free-kick.

The visitors were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages, meaning they suffered their second 1-0 defeat at the Stade de la Mosson in less than a month following the Coupe de Ligue reverse at the same venue on October 31.

It also means Bordeaux's five-match winning run in all competition ends, ensuring they remain fourth in the standings - two points behind leaders Paris St Germain.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Paris St Germain 23 47
3 Marseille 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20