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Montpellier mount Ligue 1 summit as Lyon falter

Published: Saturday 11 February 2012, 20.23CET
Montpellier Hérault SC moved top of Ligue 1 after a convincing victory against AC Ajaccio but Olympique Lyonnais' title hopes suffered a serious setback after they lost 2-1 against SM Caen.

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Published: Saturday 11 February 2012, 20.23CET

Montpellier mount Ligue 1 summit as Lyon falter

Montpellier Hérault SC moved top of Ligue 1 after a convincing victory against AC Ajaccio but Olympique Lyonnais' title hopes suffered a serious setback after they lost 2-1 against SM Caen.

Montpellier Hérault SC moved top of Ligue 1 on goal difference after a convincing victory against AC Ajaccio but Olympique Lyonnais missed out on the chance to go third after suffering a surprise home defeat by SM Caen.

René Girard's side found it difficult to break down a determined Ajaccio rearguard until the visitors' resistance was broken eight minutes after the restart when they conceded a penalty, Younés Belhanda converting. Rémy Cabella's effort (64) and Olivier Giroud's 16th league goal of the campaign (67) ensured Montpellier moved top on goal difference, from Paris Saint-Germain FC, who can restore their league lead by taking something at OGC Nice on Sunday.

Even a draw would have moved Lyon above third-placed LOSC Lille Métropole but Rémi Garde's side suffered a shock loss against Caen. Romain Hamouma (13) set the ball rolling for the side who began the day just a point above botttom before Livio Nabab doubled the advantage (73). Lisandro's penalty (86) could not deny Caen a first win since 6 November.

Elsewhere, FC Lorient snatched a late 1-1 draw at AJ Auxerre and Stade Brestois 29 and Dijon FCO shared the same result, while Stade Rennais FC and Valenciennes FC downed FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and AS Nancy-Lorraine 1-0 respectively.

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Results

French Ligue 1 2011/12

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HomeAway
Last updated: 12/03/2012 14:54 CET

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BrestBrest1-1DijonDijon

Gentiletti 90+2

Kakuta 76

Venue: Brest

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RennesRennes1-0SochauxSochaux

Mevlüt Erdinç 16

Venue: Rennes

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AuxerreAuxerre1-1LorientLorient

Boly 18

Emeghara 90+2

Venue: Auxerre

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LyonLyon1-2CaenCaen

Lisandro 86 (penalty)

Hamouma 13, Nabab 73

Venue: Lyon

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ValenciennesValenciennes1-0NancyNancy

Samassa 90+2

Venue: Valenciennes

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MontpellierMontpellier3-0AjaccioAjaccio

Belhanda 53 (penalty), Cabella 64, Giroud 67

Venue: Montpellier

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