The match: 1-2
Pierre Sage had decided to change the attacking trio which had hurt Lille in the Coupe de France on Wednesday (2-1). Alexandre Lacazette and Ernest Nuamah were back in an eleven where Saïd Benrahma made his first appearance. OL dominated but were unable to get a shot on target during the first half hour. Montpellier stung on the counter and should have obtained a penalty for a foul by Nicolas Tagliafico on Arnaud Nordin (7th). But the ex-Stéphanois was finally rewarded, opening the scoring with a header from a cross from Issiaga Sylla (23rd). The match became more balanced and Akor Adams missed a huge opportunity on a cross from Silvan Hefti (28th).
OL responded with a curling shot from Benrahma (32nd), which also grazed the target from a free kick (44th). He also lost just before half-time Corentin Tolisso, hit in the thigh (43rd). After the break, the two teams exchanged opportunities, Téji Savanier (48th) then Benrahma (52nd) narrowly missing the target. Then at the end of a superb collective movement, Adams again missed a huge opportunity (54th), shooting Lopes at point blank range.
Sage brought in Rayan Cherki, Clinton Mata and Malick Fofana at once (55th), but it was Montpellier who were still dangerous, through Boubakar Kouyaté from a corner (59th) then Adams, again (64th). The Héraultais had missed their chance and Lacazette ended up equalizing after an individual exploit and a shot from a very tight angle that Lecomte should have stopped (1-1, 74th). Eight minutes later, it was Maxence Caqueret who gave OL victory with a superb shot under the bar (1-2, 82nd).
Falling back to a play-off position for fifty minutes, OL overthrew Montpellier and signed a third victory in a row, in all competitions. Here are the Pierre Sage players in 13th place in Ligue 1.
The Player: Adams’ Nightmare
Hit of the summer, with 7 goals in the first 10 days, Akor Adams has not scored for 944 minutes and the Nigerian striker shows all the symptoms of a striker lacking confidence. Against OL, he had a goal refused for offside (18th) before missing two huge 2-0 balls for his team (28th, 54th). And when he sent a shot that was too soft, he was heavily whistled by Mosson…
Montpellier has only won one Ligue 1 match this season at La Mosson. It was October 29 against Toulouse (3-0). Three other teams have only won one victory at home: TFC, Clermont and Metz.