Montpellier pick up point at Angers
Montpellier Hérault SC extended their unbeaten away run with a 1-1 draw at Angers SCO on Saturday.
Angers SCO 1-1 Montpellier Hérault SC
With the hosts second-from-bottom of the table before kick-off, it was no surprise to find Stéphane Moulin's in conservative mood. That made creating chances against Ligue 1 Conforama's meanest defence quite a challenge.
With dangerman Karl Toko Ekambi tied down by the Montpellier rearguard, Angers struggled to get within range to trouble Benjamin Lecomte in the visitors' goal.
Likewise, with the in-form Giovanni Sio sidelined by injury, Michel Der Zakarian's men were equally toothless in a first half in which neither side mustered a significant scoring effort.
Those had to wait for the second half when — like buses — two came along at once.
Toko Ekambi strike
Montpellier, unbeaten in their last five away from home, were the first to strike. Junior Sambia's ball found Jérôme Roussillon haring forward. Alexandre Letellier raced from his goal to halt the Montpellier full-back, but Isaac Mbenza was on hand to fire home (51').
The Belgian forward's third league goal of the season was only worth five minutes of a lead to the visitors. Toko Ekambi moved forward, played a one-two with Angelo Fulgini and another with Baptiste Guillaume before sending a delightful left-foot shot beyond Lecomte (57').
The Cameroon international forward might even have snatched a welcome win for Angers, but Lecomte denied him after he had latched onto Pierrick Capelle's ball over the top to ensure the spoils were shared (70').
THE PLAYER: Karl Toko Ekambi
The rangy forward again showed just how important he is to Angers. Without his seven goals this season, they would be in even deeper trouble.
THE STAT: 6
Montpellier are now unbeaten in their last six away matches in Ligue 1 Conforama.