Bafetimbi Gomis of Olympique Lyonnais reacts after failing to score during a match between Real Madrid and Olympique Lyonnais. Lyon faces Montpellier in Ligue 1 on January 14, 2012. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Ligue 1, Week 20: PSG Earn 3 Points But Montpellier Keep Pace In Title Race

Paris Saint-Germain dispatched Toulouse in Carlo Ancelotti's first league game in charge, but the leaders got no help from 4th-place Lyon, who were easily dispatched by Montpellier.

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Montpellier Vs. Lyon, 2012 Ligue 1: Montpellier Cruise To 1-0 Win

Not every Montpellier win has to be 3-2 or 5-3. Presented with the challenge of dealing with Lyon at home, Rene Girard's team came through with flying colours, defending stoutly and patiently breaking down their opponents before finally breaking through in the second half.

It was Olivier Giroud who scored the only goal of the match, but there was plenty of football played before the 25-year-old nutmegged Hugo Lloris in the 62nd minute. The chances all fell to the home side, with Remy Cabella hitting the post in spectacular fashion and John Utaka looking certain to score before a desperate Lyon defence could scramble away.

The visitors essentially did nothing all match, and they were seemingly content to simply shut up shop and hope Montpellier wouldn't score. Over the course of the game, Lyon managed just three shots, with none testing Geoffrey Jourdren, and even after they went down they never looked as though they felt like throwing bodies forward. The hosts were positive, elegant and phenomenally good at shutting their guests down, and after 90 minutes plus three stoppages came away with a thoroughly deserved win over a major rival for the Champions League qualification spots.

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PSG Vs. Toulouse, 2012 Ligue 1, Week 20: Carlo Ancelotti Makes His League Debut

Carlo Ancelotti looks to prove that the sacking of Antoine Kombouare was not unjustified when he manages his first league game for Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse.

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Montpellier Vs. Lyon, 2012 Ligue 1, Week 20: A Massive Top-Four Clash

Montpellier and Lyon fight to stay in the title race and capture UEFA Champions League places when they do battle on Saturday.

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