Apr 5, 2014 at 7pm UK at ​Stade du Roudourou
GuingampGuingamp
1-2
MontpellierMontpellier HSC
Yatabare (60')
Sankhare (22'), Pereira (34')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Stambouli (27'), Tiene (32')
Tiene (71')

Result: Montpellier HSC edge out Guingamp

Montpellier HSC beat Guingamp 2-1 in Ligue 1 to move seven points clear of relegation danger.

Montpellier HSC have beaten Guingamp 2-1 away from home in a crucial clash in Ligue 1 to move seven points clear of relegation danger.

Both sides looked to get the early goal, which led to Siaka Tiene striking just over for the hosts a couple of minutes before Mustapha Yatabare tested Geoffrey Jourdren with a left-footed strike.

Montpellier's French defender Benjamin Stambouli is congratulated by teammate M'Baye Niang after scoring during the French L1 football match Guingamp against Montpellier on April 5, 2014© Getty Images

It was a really end-to-end opening half and on 20 minutes Jourdren had to be alert again from a Christophe Mandanne shot with Thibault Giresse's follow-up effort blocked.

The opening goal finally came on 25 minutes and it was worth waiting for, as Tiene struck a 30-yard free kick into the top corner with his left foot.

Just two minutes later Montpellier doubled their lead. Benjamin Stambouli met an M'Baye Niang nod-down to poke in from close range.

The hosts came out strongly in the second half and could have got a goal back after 10 minutes, but Mandanne's effort went not too far wide of the post.

They did pull one back with half-an-hour to play through Yatabare, but despite some pressure, Montpellier held on for the three points in this crucial clash.

Valenciennes' French midfielder Tongo Hamed Doumbia vies for the ball with Montpellier's French goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren during the French L1 football match Montpellier vs Valenciennes on March 29, 2014
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