Montpellier 2-1 Guingamp

After a disappointing start to the season, Montpellier Hérault SC had claimed an impressive 15 points out of a possible 27 in their previous nine league matches ahead of their clash at home to En Avant de Guingamp, but it was their visitors EAG who started stronger, and they took the lead just past the half-hour when Privat raced in front of Hilton to meet a Yannis Salibur corner to make it 1-0 (32′).

Guingamp’s momentum was halted minutes later, though, when Benezet was given his second yellow card in six minutes (34′). Despite their numerical advantage, Montpellier took until the second half to capitalise. Ryad Boudebouz – thriving in his ‘false 9′ position – spun a cross into the Guingamp box and Camara headed home his third goal of the season (54′).

Ninga makes sure

Approaching the hour mark it was obvious that Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men were tiring in having to cover the extra ground, and there was an air of inevitability when MHSC made it 2-0. Once again Camara was found in the Bretons’ box, but this time the big Senegalese held the ball up before slipping it to Ninga, and the Chadian forward passed his fifth goal of the season into an empty net (62′).

Guingamp did conjure a chance late on that MHSC coach Rolland Courbis was relieved to see stay out. Julien Cardy latched onto a Laurent Pionnier parry and looked odds on to tally his first goal since March 2014, but Morgan Sanson cleared on the line (80′) and it ended 2-1.

MHSC climb from 16th to 13th with the win, and now enjoy a three-point cushion on the drop zone. Guingamp drop into the bottom three.