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Khelifa treble keeps Montpellier down

Published: Saturday 6 October 2012, 22.12CET
A hat-trick from Évian Thonon Gaillard FC's Saber Khelifa condemned Montpellier Hérault SC to their fourth Ligue 1 loss of the season on a night when LOSC Lille returned to winning ways.

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Published: Saturday 6 October 2012, 22.12CET

Khelifa treble keeps Montpellier down

A hat-trick from Évian Thonon Gaillard FC's Saber Khelifa condemned Montpellier Hérault SC to their fourth Ligue 1 loss of the season on a night when LOSC Lille returned to winning ways.

Montpellier Hérault SC's stuttering domestic form continued as they lost for the fourth time in Ligue 1 this season, succumbing 3-2 at home to a Saber Khelifa-inspired Évian Thonon Gaillard FC.

René Girard's team were on course for their first home win of the campaign at half-time after Marco Estrada's inswinging free-kick and a header from Souleymane Camara, whose late equaliser in midweek earned the southern club a UEFA Champions League draw at FC Schalke 04, overturned Khelifa's opener.

However, the Tunisia forward equalised with a fine curling effort from the edge of the penalty area just after the hour and, with a minute remaining, surged past Daniel Congré to complete a memorable hat-trick.

LOSC Lille, meanwhile, moved above Montpellier into mid-table courtesy of their first league victory since 11 August, Nolan Roux and Ryan Mendes scoring in a 2-0 triumph over visitors AC Ajaccio. Valenciennes FC, who ended Olympique de Marseille's 100% record last weekend, were denied three points at Toulouse FC by Adrien Regattin's 90th-minute equaliser.

Elsewhere, Stade Rennais FC prevailed 1-0 at third-bottom FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and Stade de Reims Champagne and SC Bastia recorded late wins against OGC Nice and nine-man ES Troyes Aube Champagne respectively. Marseille host Paris Saint-Germain FC in the pick of Sunday's three matches.

Last updated: 04/12/13 19.12CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 13/03/2013 18:08 CET

06/10/2012

LOSCLOSC2-0AjaccioAjaccio

Roux 42, Mendes 56

Venue: Lille

06/10/2012

ToulouseToulouse2-2ValenciennesValenciennes

Ben Yedder 56, Regattin 90

Kadir 12, Sanchez 15

Venue: Toulouse

06/10/2012

ReimsReims3-1NiceNice

Diego 16, Courtet 87, 90+3

Cvitanich 62

Venue: Reims

06/10/2012

BastiaBastia3-2TroyesTroyes

Castro Lourenco 17 (o.g.), Modeste 37, Maoulida 88

Marcos 25, 49 (P)

Venue: Bastia

06/10/2012

SochauxSochaux0-1RennesRennes

Mevlüt Erdinç 7

Venue: Montbeliard

06/10/2012

MontpellierMontpellier2-3ÉvianÉvian

Estrada 36, Camara 42

Khelifa 30, 62, 89

Venue: Montpellier

05/10/2012

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne4-0NancyNancy

Brandão 9, 21, Hamouma 19, Aubameyang 25

Venue: St Etienne

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