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French Ligue 1

Stade de la Mosson 19th April 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: S Moreira

Montpellier Montpellier vs Lyon Lyon

Montpellier 1

Y Belhanda (41)

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Lyon 2

L Lopez (29)
C Grenier (90+3)

Lyon leave it late

Last Updated: 19/04/13 11:54pm

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A delighted Jimmy Briand after Lyon's winner

A delighted Jimmy Briand after Lyon's winner

Lyon took a big step towards a place in next season's Champions League as they claimed a last-gasp 2-1 win away Montpellier.

Lisandro Lopez gave the visitors the lead after 26 minutes but the outgoing champions were level five minutes before the break as Younes Belhanda scored.

But three minutes into stoppage time Clement Grenier slammed home from the edge of the box to move Lyon above Marseille and into second place in Ligue 1.

Montpellier are now six points out of the European places and that gap would be extended by Nice and Lille over the weekend.

OL had the first chance of the match as Jimmy Briand's cross found Lisandro but his header was saved by Geoffrey Jourdren.

Anthony Mounier then raced onto Vitorino Hilton's ball into the box but Remy Vercoutre was equal to his low shot.

Lisandro then brought another save out of Jourdren but he was not to be denied a third time.

Gueida Fofana found Grenier on the left and his cross was perfect for Lisandro to power home with a sensational header.

But the home side were level before the break as Belhanda dummied on the edge of the area before coolly slotting home.

Vercoutre had to be alert to save a Remy Cabella free-kick in the second half and the keeper was very nearly beaten two minutes from time

Belhanda linked up with Cabella who crossed to Gaetan Charbonnier inside the penalty area but his header went just wide of the post.

And the hosts went even closer in the last minute of normal time as Henri Bedimo charged down the left and found Cabella free in front of goal but the midfielder crashed his shot against the post.

And Montpellier were made to pay for their missed chances as Abdelhamid El-Kaoutari's clearing header from a corner could only find Grenier who hammered a volley past the stranded Vercoutre.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 35 71
2 Paris St Germain 34 71
3 Monaco 34 62
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 34 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 34 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 34 26