Given Olympique Lyonnais
’ stagnation at third along with their deepening point distance from AJ Auxerre
and Olympique Marseille
had their sights set on replacing OL at 59 points. With today’s 1-1 tie against Toulouse
, Montpellier has succeeded only at achieving 59 points themselves and are therefore running a very tight race with the Lyonnais.
The majority of today’s match was dominated by Montpellier and Alberto Costa
’s goal at 31 minutes. Montpellier maintained their one point lead until two minutes (90'+2) into in injury time when Colin Kazim-Richards
(and who was subsequently booked for taking his shirt off during his goal celebration.)
Today’s result at Stade de la Mosson
, while not the desired outcome for Montpellier - easily the more deserving side, must certainly be more welcome to them than to OL.
Further, though there were four bookings for Montpellier, it was an improvement on last week's double expulsions (Cyril Jeunechamp
and René Girard
) against Le Mans
(who also acquired two expulsions respectively for Gregory Cerdan
and Daniel Jeandupeux
In general Ligue 1’s 33rd and 34th day primarily served to entrench Auxerre and Marseille in the table’s top two