Montpellier and Amiens share spoils

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Giovanni Sio's late goal was not enough to secure Montpellier Hérault SC all three points as they were pegged back later still by Amiens SC on Saturday.

 Montpeller Hérault SC 1-1 Amiens SC  

Though beaten by a resurgent Stade Rennais last time out, Montpellier had been in good form of late, winning three of their previous four ahead of Week 11. They started strongly with Nordi Mukiele's dangerous cross into the penalty area — Paul Lasne might have been able to pounce on the second ball had the Amiens defence not reacted quickly enough (20').

Amiens travelled south unbeaten in two league games and three in all competitions, and they eventually got going when Moussa Konaté rattled the woodwork with an effort that looked to have Benjamin Lecomte in the home goal beaten (26').

Konaté then fired wide before the break (40') as Amiens finished the first half the stronger.

Late drama

They would do the same in the second half, and would have to to ensure they took something from this first-ever top-flight meeting between these two clubs.

Lasne, who was one of the hosts' most influential performers on the night, played a one-two with Souleymane Camara before setting Sio clear. The Ivory Coast international, who had only come off the bench ten minutes earlier, coolly beat Régis Gurtner to put Montpellier ahead with his second goal of the season (82').

Having gone in front however, Michel Der Zakarian's men saw all their good work undone by a moment of magic. Gaël Kakuta's corner was nothing special, but the acrobatic volley produced by Danilo Avelar was — the Brazilian's first goal in Ligue 1 Conforama will be one he remembers (88').

THE PLAYER: Vitorino Hilton
The 40-year-old played his 400th Ligue 1 game - only Dijon's Florent Balmont (467) and Guingamp's Etienne Didot (415) have featured in more top-flight matches among current players.

This was only Montpellier's fourth home win in 13 outings - they had lost six of those games - though this was their third this season.

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