Montpellier Hérault SC started the EA Ligue 1 Games with a 4-2 defeat against the Greens, on Thursday night in Washington.
The absent are always wrong. Yesterday, many of them did not come to the Audi Field in Washington. They missed six goals scored in front of very sparse stands (about 200 spectators at kickoff). In a heat and a tropical humidity, Montpellier for its part conceded its first defeat of preparation, after the draw 2-2 a week ago against Beziers. On Sunday, the MHSC will face OM or Bordeaux for 3rd place in these EA Ligue 1 Games.
In the first period, without Téji Savanier finally preserved, Michel Der Zakarian had lined up a team close to a type eleven. All in the immutable five system. A tactic that first suffered the best start of the St Etienne. Then the opening score of the Greens signed a missile Mathieu Debuchy, alone at the back post at the fall of a free kick (33).
Hilton and Ferri fit
But preparation or not, this MHSC is a team of character. Vitorino Hilton is the best example. Already in legs, the Capitao sounded the charge, in the wake of the opening of the scoring, going up the pitch ball at the foot. Further, Ruben Aguilar's shot was pushed away by Stéphane Ruffier on … Hilton who scored from the left (35th).
One goal immediately followed another when Jordan Ferri, also in great shape, caused Moukoudi's fault. The penalty was converted by Gaëtan Laborde (45th + 1).
Montpellier returned from the locker room with a completely renewed team, with the exception of Bertaud. The Stéphanois rushed into the cracks of this new eleven rejuvenated. Suarez first hooked Beric for a penalty scored by Cabella (52). Before Debuchy scored a double by taking a ball that dragged in the surface (73) and that Lois Diony shot Bertaud (84).
The two compositions of Montpellier
– 1st period: Bertaud – Aguilar, Mendes, Hilton (Cape), Congre, Ristic – Ferri, The Tallec, Mollet – Laborde, Skuletic.
– 2nd period: Bertaud – Vargas, Suarez, Vidal, Cozza, Tamas – Sambia, Piriz, Aduyev – Badu, Camara (cape).