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Montpellier top after Lyon-PSG thriller

Published: Saturday 25 February 2012, 23.47CET
Despite recovering from 4-2 down to earn a 4-4 draw at Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain FC ended Saturday in second place after a narrow win for Montpellier Hérault SC.

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Published: Saturday 25 February 2012, 23.47CET

Montpellier top after Lyon-PSG thriller

Despite recovering from 4-2 down to earn a 4-4 draw at Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain FC ended Saturday in second place after a narrow win for Montpellier Hérault SC.

Montpellier Hérault SC are a point clear of Paris Saint-Germain FC at the top of Ligue 1 after Carlo Ancelotti's side − who drew 4-4 at Olympique Lyonnais − failed to respond to their rivals' narrow win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

John Utaka (80) settled a tight contest in Montpellier's favour when he headed in Marco Estrada's corner, after both teams had struck the woodwork. The result put pressure on PSG, who responded by scoring four goals in Lyon, but that, remarkably, proved insufficient for victory.

Guillem Hoarau (21) gave PSG the ideal start, but Bafétimbi Gomis' back-post volley (34) levelled matters, before Lisandro (36) and a stunning Michel Bastos strike (40) put the hosts 3-1 up. Nenê's penalty (45+3) kept Ancelotti's men in touch heading into the second period.

The goals continued to flow after the restart, with Jimmy Briand's near-post header (57) restoring the Gones' two-goal advantage. However, Ceará (73) and a dramatic 94th-minute second for Hoarau earned the capital club a draw.

Elsewhere, a 1-0 win for OGC Nice against SM Caen lifted them off the foot of the table, above AJ Auxerre and AS Nancy-Lorraine, who both failed to win.

Last updated: 05/12/13 19.04CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 08/05/2012 18:10 CET

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LyonLyon4-4PSGPSG

Gomis 34, Lisandro 36, Bastos 40, Briand 57

Hoarau 21, 90+4, Nenê 45+3 (P), Ceará 73

Venue: Lyon

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NiceNice1-0CaenCaen

Mounier 50

Venue: Nice

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ÉvianÉvian2-0NancyNancy

Berigaud 30, 32

Venue: Annecy

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AjaccioAjaccio2-1DijonDijon

Eduardo 54, Cavalli 55

Kumordzi 66

Venue: Ajaccio

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AuxerreAuxerre0-0St-EtienneSt-Etienne

Venue: Auxerre

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ValenciennesValenciennes2-0LorientLorient

Samassa 78, Cohade 81

Venue: Valenciennes

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MontpellierMontpellier1-0BordeauxBordeaux

Utaka 80

Venue: Montpellier

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