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Mollet rescues draw for Montpellier

Publish on 02/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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Montpellier Hérault SC kept their European hopes alive with a share of the points against Amiens SC at the Stade de la Mosson, Florent Mollet scoring to cancel out Stiven Mendoza's opener eight minutes from time.

Montpellier Hérault SC 1-1 Amiens SC 

THE MATCH

Montpellier beat champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, were unchanged here. Gaëtan Laborde fired off target after a free-kick lifted straight off the training ground early on (6') before Mathias Suarez, in once again for the injured Ruben Aguilar, crossed for Mollet, whose effort also failed to test Régis Gurtner in the Amiens goal (13'). Mollet then sent a free-kick beyond Gurtner's top corner (28') before Amiens finally replied, with Mendoza teeing up Cheick Timité after a swift counter-attack, only to see his Ivorian teammate blast his effort over (30'). Laborde cut inside at the other end and went for the far corner of the Amiens goal, but his shot sailed past the post (37'), and Amiens could even have taken a lead into the interval. Serhou Guirassy skipped past Hilton and bore down on goal, but Benjamin Lecomte was off his line in a flash to quell the danger (43').

Swashbuckling second half

Montpellier started the second half on the front foot, and Andy Delort was inches away from his 15th goal of the season when he half-volleyed just wide from the edge of the box (55'). Delort went from near-taker to near-maker moments later, crossing for Laborde, whose header was well saved by Gurtner (56'). It was against the run of play, then, when Mendoza made it 1-0, the Colombian finishing well after a superb team move from Amiens (66'). That goal rather prodded the bee's nest, though. Gurtner did well to keep another Laborde attempt out (74') but there was nothing he could do about Mollet's equaliser. Daniel Congré sent a delicious ball to the back post and Mollet was on hand to make it 1-1 (81'). Michel Der Zakarian's men thought they had found the winner injury time when Delort followed up on Petar Skuletic's attempt, but his effort was ruled out for offside (90+1') and it ended 1-1.

THE PLAYER: Gaëtan Laborde

Mollet may have got Montpellier's equaliser but Laborde was far and away La Paillade's most dangerous player on Sunday. The striker had four shots on goal and created another two gilt-edged chances, and would have had his 11th goal of the season on another day.

THE STAT: 4

Montpellier are four points off AS Saint-Etienne who occupy the fourth and final European place with nine points left to play for; Amiens are four points better off than SM Caen, who occupy the relegation play-off place. Other battles may be decided, but both of these teams still have one each to fight.