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Last-gasp Giroud takes Montpellier top

Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 22.24CET
Olivier Giroud's 89th-minute winner took Montpellier Hérault SC to the top of Ligue 1 on a night when Olympique Lyonnais triumphed but Olympique de Marseille's winless run continued.

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Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 22.24CET

Last-gasp Giroud takes Montpellier top

Olivier Giroud's 89th-minute winner took Montpellier Hérault SC to the top of Ligue 1 on a night when Olympique Lyonnais triumphed but Olympique de Marseille's winless run continued.

Montpellier Hérault SC returned to the top of Ligue 1 but it took a late strike by Olivier Giroud to secure victory against AS Saint-Étienne.

The French international grabbed the winner a minute from time to extend his league-best tally to 18 goals and lift his side a point above Paris Saint-Germain FC, who host FC Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday.

Third-placed LOSC Lille Métropole are seven points back after a 3-0 defeat of Évian Thonon Gaillard FC, Eden Hazard scoring from the penalty spot (36) before Dimitri Payet and Benoît Pedretti added second-half strikes. Olympique Lyonnais are up to fourth after Dejan Lovren (3) and Bafétimbi Gomis (65) were on target in a 2-1 defeat of struggling FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

However, Olympique de Marseille, who face FC Bayern München on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg, stretched their winless streak to eight matches. Despite Charles Kaboré's first-half dismissal, André Ayew put the visitors ahead (56) only for OGC Nice to level through Fabián Monzón's penalty (76).

Elsewhere, AS Nancy-Lorraine beat Stade Brestois 29 1-0, Valenciennes won by the same score against Stade Rennais FC and AC Ajaccio drew 1-1 with FC Lorient.

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French Ligue 1 2011/12

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ValenciennesValenciennes1-0RennesRennes

Danic 13 (P)

Venue: Valenciennes

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ÉvianÉvian0-3LilleLille

Hazard 36 (P), Payet 55, Pedretti 67

Venue: Annecy

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LyonLyon2-1SochauxSochaux

Lovren 3, Gomis 65

Maiga 71

Venue: Lyon

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MontpellierMontpellier1-0St-EtienneSt-Etienne

Giroud 89

Venue: Montpellier

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AjaccioAjaccio1-1LorientLorient

Ilan 60

Bourillon 5

Venue: Ajaccio

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BrestBrest0-1NancyNancy

Traore 18

Venue: Brest

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NiceNice1-1MarseilleMarseille

Monzón 76 (P)

A. Ayew 56

Venue: Nice

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