Mothiba rescues point for Strasbourg
Lebo Mothiba came off the bench to snatch a late draw for RC Strasbourg Alsace (93') after Damien Le Tallec had given hosts Montpellier Hérault SC a 1-0 lead (50') at the Stade de la Mosson.
Montpellier Hérault SC 1-1 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Montpellier began the day ten places better off than Strasbourg, but it was Le Racing who started much the brighter side at the Stade de la Mosson. Lionel Carole whipped in an early cross which eluded visiting striker Ludovic Ajorque by a matter of inches (14'). Nuno da Costa then flashed a free-kick narrowly wide (18'). Da Costa already had two goals to his name this term, but his attempts to make that three went in vain in the first-half, with another chance sailing over the crossbar (32'). The sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of the period and went in for their half-time oranges with the deadlock firmly intact.
The second half was only five minutes old when that changed, though, with Damien Le Tallec getting on the end of Junior Sambia's corner and heading past Matz Sels for 1-0 (50'). Da Costa (58') and Gaëtan Laborde (63') exchanged chances at either end before the latter went down in the Strasbourg box, but referee Willy Delajod waved his penalty claims away (69'). Montpellier nonetheless looked like they would escape with their first home win in six months, only to see second-half substitute Mothiba change the face of the game with the last touch of the ball after finding himself unmarked (93').
THE PLAYER: Lebo Mothiba
Mothiba had only played 30 minutes of the current Ligue 1 Conforama campaign following his summer transfer from LOSC, but with da Costa profligate in the Strasbourg attack, the South Africa striker would be entitled to expect some more regular playing time after his heroics on Saturday.
THE STAT: 9
Montpellier have now gone nine Ligue 1 Conforama games without a win on home soil. The last time La Paillade picked up all three points at the Stade de la Mosson was in February, when they beat Angers SCO 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Lasne and Isaac Mbenza, the latter of whom has since joined Huddersfield.