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Montpellier tighten grip on Ligue 1 title

Published: Saturday 21 April 2012, 19.00CET
A narrow win for Montpellier Hérault SC against Valenciennes FC maintained their five-point cushion at the Ligue 1 summit, as LOSC Lille Métropole closed in on second place.

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Published: Saturday 21 April 2012, 19.00CET

Montpellier tighten grip on Ligue 1 title

A narrow win for Montpellier Hérault SC against Valenciennes FC maintained their five-point cushion at the Ligue 1 summit, as LOSC Lille Métropole closed in on second place.

Montpellier Hérault SC moved a step closer to a maiden Ligue 1 title with a 1-0 win against Valenciennes FC, while LOSC Lille Métropole are two points shy of second place after seeing off Dijon FCO.

Coach René Girard demanded focus from his team following last week's 2-1 loss at FC Lorient and their formidable home form paved the way for a slender victory. Montpellier have now dropped just five points in 17 home games all season, thanks to Souleymane Camara's fifth-minute opener.

Title rivals Paris Saint-Germain FC have the chance to close the gap when they face FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on Sunday. But hot on their heels are third-placed Lille, after Rio Mavuba and Eden Hazard's 16th goal of the season sealed a convincing 2-0 success against nine-man Dijon. Stade Rennais FC moved fourth, meanwhile, after triumphing 1-0 against relegation-threatened Stade Brestois 29.

Elsewhere, Jussiê struck twice as FC Girondins de Bordeaux arrested a five-match winless streak with a 2-1 win against Olympique de Marseille, Toulouse FC were beaten 2-1 at Évian Thonon Gaillard FC and AJ Auxerre remain rooted to the bottom following a 1-0 defeat at OGC Nice. SM Caen are also in relegation jeopardy after slumping to a 4-1 home reverse against AS Saint-Étienne. 

Last updated: 05/12/13 6.50CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 25/04/2012 16:32 CET

21/04/2012

BordeauxBordeaux2-1MarseilleMarseille

Jussiê 1, 29

J. Ayew 56

Venue: Bordeaux

21/04/2012

BrestBrest0-1RennesRennes

Feret 45+3 (P)

Venue: Brest

21/04/2012

CaenCaen1-4St-EtienneSt-Etienne

Nabab 71

Montaroup 39 (o.g.), Aubameyang 60, 83, Max Gradel 70

Venue: Caen

21/04/2012

DijonDijon0-2LilleLille

Mavuba 39, Hazard 45+1

Venue: Dijon

21/04/2012

MontpellierMontpellier1-0ValenciennesValenciennes

Camara 5

Venue: Montpellier

21/04/2012

ÉvianÉvian2-1ToulouseToulouse

Angoula 10, Abdennour 75 (o.g.)

Ben Yedder 72

Venue: Annecy

21/04/2012

NiceNice1-0AuxerreAuxerre

Monzón 36 (P)

Venue: Nice

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