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Stade de la Mosson (ATT 13,349) 25th January 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot

Montpellier Montpellier vs Nice Nice

Montpellier 3

M Niang (31)
Hilton (53)
S Camara (81)

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Nice 1

A Bosetti (69)

Montpellier secure another win

Last Updated: 25/01/14 10:30pm

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Vitorino Hilton is congratulated after scoring Montpellier's second

Vitorino Hilton is congratulated after scoring Montpellier's second

Montpellier capped a fine week with an impressive 3-1 Ligue 1 win over Nice on Saturday night.

Having been in the midst of a relegation scrap a week ago, Rolland Courbis' men have since beaten Sochaux in the league, Paris St Germain in the cup and now in-form Nice.

M'baye Niang and Hilton had put them 2-0 up before Nice eventually stirred through substitute Alexy Bosetti, but Souleymane Camara wrapped things up late on.

It was a thoroughly deserved win for the home side who were clearly riding the crest of a wave caused by their victory over PSG.

Good play from reported Newcastle target Remy Cabella set them up for an early chance but Anthony Mounuier was denied, before goalkeeper David Ospina kept out Cabella himself.

The excellent Cabella then found Niang only for the keeper to again excel, before the same combination had a hand in the opener with 31 minutes gone.

Cabella's ball freed Mounier and, as he looked up, he had Niang waiting and he did the rest.

It had been a half of pure Montpellier domination and they improved their margin eight minutes into the second half when a Mounier corner was flicked into the path of Hilton who made up some ground to tap in.

Nice finally stirred after that and a Hilton mistake let them back in, with his poor control allowing Bosetti to pick his pocket and race clear before slotting in.

It was the first thing Nice had done all night but it mattered little as Montpellier returned to the front foot and wrapped things up with nine minutes left.

Camara was the scorer, cashing in after Victor Hugo Montano charged down field and had a shot blocked, with Camara picking up the pieces.

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French Ligue 1

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