The match: 2-0
The heat on the Mosson, Sunday (28 ° C in the shade at kick-off), will not have harmed the pace of a match full of opportunities which tipped in favor of Montpellier on a kick from Mavididi and Valère Germain’s first goal with his new club (2-0). If the Héraultais revive after their defeat (1-2) in Lille before the international break, the Greens remain winless (3N, 2D) and mute for the first time in five days, despite the entry of their rookie Ramirez.
The visitors lacked efficiency in their first situations by Nadé (4th), Bouanga (6th) and especially Camara on a service from Nordin at the penalty spot (19th). Hamouma again forced Bertaud to relax (30th), but it was Mavididi, served by the inevitable Savanier, who found Green’s little net on a subtle flat foot (32nd). Savanier, still very strong in his garden, had already threatened the Stéphanois goal (20th).
If Hamouma wasted an opportunity to equalize just before the break on a new service from Nordin (45th + 2), the recovery was to the advantage of Montpellier, with a new dangerous strike from Savanier on the kickoff at the moment that a whole stadium was waiting for: the first goal with his new team from Germain, after a number from Mavididi on the left (2-0, 62nd). Not much has happened. Ramirez, entered in place of Nordin on the hour mark, was taken over by Sakho but had time to give a glimpse of his quality in the area (82nd).
The player: Téji Savanier made his technique speak
The leader from Montpellier, even suffering from the back, has again multiplied the technical gestures, like this sombrero which made the Mosson (8th) scream with joy. The outside of the foot that served Mavididi for the opener (32nd) was not bad either, his second assist of the season. Less happy on a free kick (15th, 24th, 47th), he would have scored his 2nd goal of the exercise without a deviation in extremis from Kolodziejczak (20th) or a reflex saving from Green (46th).
It has been more than nine months (January 6, 2021) that Valère Germain had not scored in Ligue 1. It was with Marseille, at the Orange Vélodrome, against … Montpellier (3-1).