Shootout sees Montpelier hit for five

BY foxsports • October 15, 2011

Olivier Giroud's hat-trick helped Montpellier come from behind to beat Dijon 5-3 in a thrilling spectacle at Stade de la Mosson, and claim a three-way share of the Ligue 1 lead.

The visitors looked to be cruising thanks to two early goals from Benjamin Corgnet, but an own goal from Steven Paulle, Giroud's treble plus one more from Souleymane Camara turned things around in style for Montpellier.

Thomas Guerbert grabbed another goal for Dijon in the final minute but the damage had been done, with Montpellier joining Paris St Germain and Lyon on 20 points at the top of the standings.

Dijon took just nine minutes to take the lead, with Corgnet running onto a pass from Cyril Jeunechamp and rolling the ball in at the right post.

And Corgnet scored again two minutes later, intercepting a weak backpass from Abdelhamid El-Kaoutari and once more beating home goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren.

Montpellier could have crumbled under the pressure, but instead took the game to their opponents and pulled a goal back after 26 minutes, with Marco Estrada's free-kick inadvertently turned into his own net by Paulle.

An equaliser then followed four minutes into the second half. Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet parried away a long-range strike from Estrada, but the rebound fell to Giroud who slid the ball home.

It was the visitors who were now feeling the heat, and it showed after 57 minutes when Abdoulaye Bamba gave away a penalty with his challenge on Henri Bedimo.

Giroud took the spot-kick and confidently fired Montpellier in front for the first time in the match.

And the score was 4-2 seven minutes later. Reynet rushed off his line to try and clear the danger when John Utaka was released by Younes Belhanda. However, Utaka gave the ball straight to Camara, who fired from 20 yards into an empty net.

Camara then teed up Giroud to complete his hat-trick, and net Montpellier's fifth, 10 minutes from time.

And although Guerbert's deflected right-footed shot put Dijon on the scoresheet once more, the points had already been sewn up by Montpellier.
 


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