Montpellier move up to fifth

17 Sep 2020

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PARIS: Midfielder Téji Savanier scored once in each half as Montpellier beat Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 on Tuesday to move up to fifth place in Ligue 1.

The match was rescheduled from the first round of games because Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Bayern Munich.

Savanier opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 38th minute and Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar was sent off just before the break.

Savanier slotted a shot inside the left post in the 59th to make it 2-0 but Lyon were awarded a way back into the game when 43-year-old Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton was sent off in the 81st. Netherlands forward Memphis Depay tucked away the penalty for his league-leading fourth goal.

Lyon, who have four points and sit in 11th place, are in action again on Friday when they host Nimes.

Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2020