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French Ligue 1

Auguste-Bonal (ATT 16,909) 18th January 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Castro

Sochaux Sochaux vs Montpellier Montpellier

Sochaux 0

N Sinkala (S/O 35)

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Montpellier 2

A Mounier (19)
S Tiene (74)

Montpellier win on the road

Last Updated: 18/01/14 10:02pm

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Anthony Mounier runs away to celebrate

Anthony Mounier runs away to celebrate

Montpellier picked up their first away win of the season, easing their relegation fears with a 2-0 triumph at the expense of rivals Sochaux.

A goal in each half from Anthony Mounier and Siaka Tiene enabled the 2012 Ligue 1 champions to deepen the troubles of Sochaux, who had Nathan Sinkala dismissed for a bad first-half challenge.

The visitors were quickest off the mark and in the 16th minute Morgan Sanson crashed a shot against a post after Remy Cabella had created the opening.

It was 1-0 three minutes later. Cabella ended an enterprising run with a ball to Mounier - and the striker beat Pierrick Cros with a right-foot shot.

After Cedrik Bakambu had threatened for the home side, Sochaux's task was made even harder when Sinkala, who had already been booked, received a second yellow card for a crude lunge on Sanson.

Just before the break Sochaux goalkeeper Cros did well to deny Babacar Niang after Benjamin Stambouli had picked up possession.

The home side maintained control after the turnaround and Cros did brilliantly to keep out Cabella's curling right-foot effort in the 55th minute.

Stambouli wasted a good chance just past the hour mark - but the visitors ended any doubts about the outcome 16 minutes from time.

Joris Marveaux flicked the ball to Souleymane Camara who beat home defender Stopilla Sunzu and passed to Tiene - and the Ivorian scored with a low right-foot shot which beat Cros at his near post.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 19 38
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 18 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 17 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 19 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15