Montpellier sinks Strasbourg and temporarily approaches the top 5!

Montpellier sinks Strasbourg and temporarily approaches the top 5!

After the Lorient victory (3-1) on the lawn of AJ Auxerre, the eighth day of Ligue 1 continued, this Saturday at 5 p.m., with a poster opposing Montpellier HSC to Racing Club de Strasbourg. Tenth at kick-off, Olivier Dall’Oglio’s men presented themselves in 4-2-3-1 and hoped to revive after two defeats conceded against Lille (1-3) then Angers (1-2), the Last weekend. Opposite, the Alsatians, authors of five draws and two defeats since the resumption, were still looking for their first success of the season. To do this, Julian Stéphan thus opted for a 3-5-2 with Diallo and Gameiro, aligned at the forefront.

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At the Stade de la Mosson, it was the Strasbourg players who started this meeting best. Well in place defensively and ready to take advantage of the slightest space left in the back of the Montpellier hinge, Racing was even very close to opening the scoring but Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel saw his cross repelled, in extremis, by Jonas Omlin (11th ). Stung to the quick by this first situation, the Héraultais grew bolder and quickly showed themselves to be dangerous. On a corner from Téji Savanier, Jean-Eudes Aholou, under pressure, sent the ball to his own post (15th). Finally, Arnaud Nordin found the fault a few moments later.

Strasbourg does not take off!

On a new set piece from Savanier, the former Stéphanois striker freed himself from the marking of Mouhamadou Diarra to score with a header at the near post (1-0, 17th). More rigorous collectively, the MHSC could, however, thank Maxime Estève, author of a superb defensive return on Kevin Gameiro (40th). Just before the break, Nicolas Cozza took advantage of a new free kick from Savanier, deflected by Nordin, to make the break but Jérémy Stinat, referee of this meeting, finally canceled the goal for an offside position (45th). On returning from the locker room, Strasbourg tried to put more intensity but did not manage, however, to disturb the Hérault collective. Decisive, Alexander Djiku even removed a hot ball from a new cross from … Téji Savanier (51st). In good memory of his delicious lob against FC Metz, Wahbi Khazri tried to surprise the Strasbourg goalkeeper with a lobbed shot from the right foot (58th). In vain.

It was finally necessary to wait for the very last seconds of this meeting, generally sad and poor in opportunities, to see the score evolve. On a corner from Dimitri Liénard, Habib Diallo took advantage of two deflections to equalize with a crushed half-volley with his left foot (1-1). Thinking to grab the point of the draw, Strasbourg nevertheless gave in in the dying moments. After a header from Khalil Fayad on the bar (90 + 1st), Jean-Ricner Bellegarde fouls Valère Germain in his own area. Full of composure, Savanier converted the penalty and gave the victory to his team (2-1, 90 + 5th). With this short but precious victory (2-1), Montpellier is recovering and getting closer, temporarily, to the top 5. For its part, Strasbourg, seventeenth, does not come out of it and will try to win its first success of the season against Stade Rennais on the occasion of the ninth day of Ligue 1.

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The official line-ups at kick-off

Montpellier XI

Strasbourg XI

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