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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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2 Marseille 23 47
3 Paris St Germain 23 47
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 23 36
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 23 32
9 Nantes 23 32
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 23 29
12 Lille 23 28
13 Guingamp 22 28
14 Toulouse 23 25
15 Bastia 23 24
16 Lorient 23 24
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 23 23
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 23 21
20 Metz 23 21