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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 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29