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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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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 11 25
2 Paris St Germain 11 21
3 Lyon 11 20
4 St Etienne 11 20
5 Nantes 11 19
6 Bordeaux 11 18
7 Nice 11 17
8 Monaco 11 17
9 Rennes 11 15
10 Metz 11 15
11 Lille 11 15
12 Toulouse 11 14
13 Montpellier 11 14
14 Reims 11 14
15 Caen 11 12
16 RC Lens 11 11
17 Lorient 11 10
18 Bastia 11 10
19 Evian Thonon Gaillar 11 10
20 Guingamp 11 9