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Montpellier 3-0 Metz: Player Ratings

Man of the Match: Teji Savanier (7)

The French midfielder was everywhere, and often to good effect. His set pieces were always dangerous, as evidenced by his penalty (86′). His initiative led to Montpellier’s first goal. A true leader and the heart of this team. Replaced by Fayad (89′) to a standing ovation from the La Paillade faithful.

Montpellier (5-3-2)

Jonas Omlin (6)

A quiet first half for the Swiss goalkeeper, with Metz failing to hit the target. He made a good save from a low shot by Mikautadze (72′) and intervened well on the resulting corner.

Mamadou Sakho (6)

He got the better of his opponents and was also able to contribute offensively. Booked (70′). Replaced by Sacko (75′).

Ilias Chair (5)

Strong in the duels, he held Mikautadze well. He took few risks in his passing. Booked (14′).

Christopher Jullien (5)

He was on the end of a good corner from Savanier to double the lead (50′). He had a solid game. Booked (30′).

Ramy Bensebaini (4)

In a relatively easy game for Montpellier, he struggled to contain Udol’s runs.

Joris Chotard (6)

A great assist for the first goal, followed by some convincing work in winning the ball back and harrying the opposition.

Teji Savanier (C): See above.

Elye Wahi (6)

Scored in the 3rd minute, putting his team on the right track after a good move involving Savanier and Chotard. He later set up a goal for Adams, who missed badly.

Stephy Mavididi (6)

He was unplayable in the first half, imposing his physicality on the Metz defenders. His work in deflection was also effective. Replaced by Souleymane Coulibaly (89′).

Arnaud Nordin (4)

The least impressive of Montpellier’s attackers. Replaced by Andy Delort (79′), who missed a sitter with his first touch of the ball.

METZ (5-3-2)

Oukidja (4): Beaten in the third minute by a shot he couldn’t quite deflect enough, he could do nothing about Montpellier’s other goals.

Udol (C) (5): Made several good crosses that came to nothing due to a lack of commitment from his attackers. His efforts are important, but he is not followed or helped enough by his teammates.

Herel (4): Little impact on the game, he was beaten, like Traore, on the second goal where he failed to track Sagnan’s run on the corner.

Traore (4): He failed to contain Sagnan and often found himself in difficulty against Al-Tamari. Replaced by Cande (63′), booked (83′) and fouled for the (harsh) penalty that led to the last goal.

Sane (3): Apart from a sharp run early on, he was not effective in countering Montpellier’s attacks in his area.

Van den Kerkhof (4): He made a lot of runs forward, which relieved his team, but he also made a lot of mistakes. Replaced by Assane Dioussé (68′), booked on 77′.

Jean-Jacques (3): He did not impose himself enough in the duels, even though his physique should have helped him. Not enough influence on the game.

Camara (4): Some interesting passing out from the back, but often poorly finished.

N’Duquidi (3): He was quite clumsy and uninspired. Replaced by Georges Mikautadze (63′).

Lamkel Ze (5): A goal disallowed for offside and good runs back to help out his midfielders. Replaced by Ibrahima Niane (76′).

Mikautadze (4): He missed two or three chances in the first half, including a one-on-one with Lecomte due to an excellent challenge by Omeragic. Invisible in the second half, he needs to do better to help his club avoid relegation.

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