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La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau (ATT 21,559) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Frank Schneider

Nantes Nantes vs Montpellier Montpellier

Nantes 1

S Gakpe (78)


Nantes leave it late

Last Updated: 30/08/14 9:52pm

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Nantes' Togolese forward Serge Gakpe celebrates

Nantes' Togolese forward Serge Gakpe celebrates

Serge Gakpe's second-half goal made all the difference as Nantes returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Montpellier at Louis Fonteneau on Saturday night.

Michel der Zakarian's side suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season to Monaco last weekend but were back on track thanks to Togo striker Gakpe's 78th-minute strike which earned his side maximum points.

The win moved the home side up to seventh while Rolland Courbis' Montpellier dropped down three places to ninth as the Canaries halted their two-match winning run.

The hosts had the better chances of the opening half and came close to scoring an opener just six minutes in but goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren made a decent save to keep out Etey Shechter's effort just inside the 18-yard box.

Midway through the opening period, Shechter picked out Yacine Bammou, who struck a powerful effort with his left foot but he too was denied by Jourdren.

The 28-year-old stopper was called into action again deep in to the first half but he was in great form as he first pulled off an excellent save to keep out Shechter's dangerous shot before Vincent Bessat was denied on the stroke of half-time.

Two minutes after the break the away side had their first real chance of note as Anthony Mounier freed Paul Lasne on the right, who raced to the centre of the Nantes goal, but his shot sailed inches over the crossbar.

The home side put the pressure on again as the match approached the hour mark as Bessat delivered a good ball toward Shechter, who controlled it well and beat an oncoming defender before shooting from the right of the box - but Jourdren was again on hand to keep the scores level.

But Nantes' goal arrived inside the final 15 minutes as Gakpe picked up Bammou's cross from the right and sent the ball home with a drilled close-range effort from the centre of the box to claim all three points.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11