Rémi Oudin scored twice as Stade de Reims won 4-2 at Montpellier Hérault SC on Sunday to move up to fifth place in the table.
Montpellier Hérault SC 2-4 Stade de Reims
Fifth place was the prize on offer for the victor, and Montpellier wasted little time in taking advantage when Daniel Congré surged onto a loose ball in the visitor's penalty box and fired a half-volley high into the net (6').
Reims had lost just five times this season — their lowest total since the 1959/60 season — and they were level before the half-hour mark, Remi Oudin with a thumping finish (27').
Benjamin Lecome has so often been Montpellier's saviour this season, but he made an error of judgement that sent Boulaye Dia tumbling inside the box, and though he got a hand to Arber Zeneli's penalty, he could not keep the spot-kick out (47') as Reims moved ahead.
Within eight minutes, the hosts were level — Gaëtan Laborde moved into double figures for the season as he swivelled onto a chipped through ball to fire across and past Edouard Mendy (55'), but Oudin struck again with 20 minutes to go to put Reims back ahead, this time for good (70').
Pablo Chavarria — sporting a mask to protect a facial injury — came off the bench and after an exchange of passes with Abdul Rahman Baba, volleyed in a fourth with two minutes left to give David Guion's men provisional hold of fifth place (88').
THE PLAYER: Rémi Oudin
The Reims man has now scored five times in his last six league games, and — like his team — has adapted smoothly to the top flight.
THE STAT: 1
Montpellier have now just one win in their last 11 league games.