The match: tit for tat
Montpellier and Stéphanois offered a pleasant and open game, responding tit for tat in the first period. Delort quickly started hostilities with the rapid opening of the scoring (0-1, 6th). On a free kick from Mollet, the center forward appeared at the near post and marked a recovery from the inside of the right foot. The Algerian international was the most active Montpellier. He offered a good cross on which Wahi was too short to resume from the penalty spot (12th). After suffering during the first quarter of an hour, the Greens then really entered their game. Active in the middle, the young Gourna-Douath launched Bouanga to the left who served Hamouma perfectly. The Stéphane striker concluded to deceive Omlin and equalize (1-1, 16th).
Delort took his chance again but his shot was deflected by Moukoudi (29th). Then the Stéphanois took the ascendancy in the last quarter of an hour of the first period, with a new attempt by Nordin deflected by Ristic (37th). Khazri attempted an ambitious long lob (44th) followed by a shot from Bouanga who spun above (45th).
This domination of the Greens will finally be rewarded when they return from the locker room. Nordin found Camara on the right side which erased Cozza. The center set back from the middle is perfect for Debuchy. Instantly, the right side adjusts with the right foot Omlin (1-2, 50th). Montpellier then seemed to evolve away. The Hérault people suffered against Nordin, whose heavy right strike was released by Omlin (64th). The end of the match, dominated by ASSE, is calmer, except for a recovery from Khazri (82nd). Green will be very courageous in added time with a tonic exit in the feet of Mavididi (90th + 4).
After losing to Nice (3-1), Montpellier suffered its second defeat in a row after having chained eleven matches without a setback. With his three points, Saint-Étienne almost ensures his maintenance and can even hope to finish in the very soft underbelly of the L1. For the last matches of Michel Der Zakarian at the head of the team, Montpellier only has to concentrate on its semi-final of the Coupe de France against PSG, at home on May 12, to hope for an end of more thrilling season.
The player: Delort floats
Andy Delort never lets go. The Hérault captain deserves his armband for his constant energy and combativeness, even in defeat. In a match dominated by a team from Saint-Etienne above the rest, Delort – almost – created all the chances for his team. He thus opened the scoring with a real center-forward goal (6th). And could have afforded a double just before half an hour of play, but his shot was diverted by Moukoudi (29th). He had another chance in the 83rd minute but his header was blocked by Cisse.
Delort confirmed that he was one of the best forwards of the elite with this thirteenth goal which allows him to integrate the Top 10 scorers of L1. He equals his teammate Gaétan Laborde and remains the best passer in the Championship with ten assists. He thus weighs for more than 41% in the offensive efficiency of his club.