Daniel Congré's second-half goal saw Montpellier Hérault SC return to winning ways on Tuesday as they beat troubled Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 at the Matmut Atlantique.
Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - 2 Montpellier Hérault SC
Congré's goal came in the 51st minute, with the defender turning the ball into the net after Nicolas Cozza had helped on a corner taken by the excellent Florent Mollet. It was the second consecutive game in which Congré had scored - he was also on target in Montpellier's 4-2 home loss to Stade de Reims in their previous outing.
The visitors had earlier taken the lead in the 20th minute through Paul Lasne, the midfielder finishing past Benoît Costil after being played in by Andy Delort. That was a sweet moment for Lasne, who played for Bordeaux at the beginning of his career without breaking into their first team.
However, Montpellier had shipped nine goals in their previous two games and Michel Der Zakarian's side were pegged back before the interval. Nicolas de Préville's shot was off target before being diverted into the net by Toma Basic for the Croatian's second Ligue 1 Conforama goal of the campaign (35').
But Bordeaux's hopes of claiming the points in their first game since the departure of general manager Ricardo Gomes were undone by Congré. De Préville did come close to equalising late on, but Montpellier held on for the victory.
Der Zakarian's side are up to seventh and right back in contention for European qualification after their first win in six. In contrast, Bordeaux continue to languish in the bottom half having won just once in eight in all competitions.
THE PLAYER: Daniel Congré
Maybe the home fans were more worried about the return of Gaëtan Laborde to face his old side, but instead it was Congré, the 33-year-old, who made the difference. He has now scored in consecutive games - it is only the third season in his career in which he has made it to two league goals. This one was precious in relaunching Montpellier's bid for a place in Europe.
THE STAT: 7
This was a first win in seven away league games for Montpellier.