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Stade de la Mosson 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Montpellier Montpellier vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Montpellier 2

A Mounier (55)
R Cabella (90+4)


AC Ajaccio 0

Montpellier enjoying 2014

Last Updated: 22/02/14 9:56pm

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Montpellier's French midfielder Anthony Mounier celebrates

Montpellier's French midfielder Anthony Mounier celebrates

Montpellier remain unbeaten in Ligue 1 this year after an expected win over rock-bottom Ajaccio.

Anthony Mounier and Remy Cabella struck in the second half to extend Montpellier's unbeaten run in the league to eight games.

Montpellier have now not lost in Ligue 1 since coach Rolland Courbis' first game in charge against St Etienne on December 13.

Victory over last-placed Ajaccio, who appear doomed to the drop, moved Courbis' resurgent side 10 points clear of relegation.

They did have to wait until the second half to see off their struggling visitors, who threatened first when Ricardo Faty blasted a Johan Cavalli cross over after three minutes.

Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa denied Montpellier a 19th-minute opener with a stunning save to keep out a M'Baye Niang header from Siaka Tiene's free-kick.

Montpellier were lucky to remain level at half-time, when Faty headed inches wide just before the whistle.

The hosts were better in the second half and after Niang shot straight at Ochoa, Mounier opened the scoring with 55 minutes on the clock.

Cabella surged forward before his far-post cross was headed back by Niang for an unmarked Mounier to crash home from six yards.

Ajaccio almost responded immediately as a right-footed Gadji Tallo shot was finger-tipped away by Geoffrey Jourdren.

Montpellier's bid for a second goal was initially held up by Ochoa as he made a diving save to keep out a Tiene free-kick before Cabella also failed to beat him after good work from Morgan Sanson and Souleymane Camara.

Cabella eventually confirmed the result in the fourth minute of injury time with a low volley from substitute Victor Montano's left-wing cross.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 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 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15