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France: Montpellier hold on to claim maiden title

Posted in European Football by peterbein on May 22, 2012

Montpellier HSC are the French champions for the very first time in their history. They needed only to draw away at bottom club Auxerre but managed to secure a 2-1 win, thanks to a brace from John Utaka  and help send their hosts down into Ligue 2 for the first time since they were promoted back in 1980. Paris Saint Germain were the only team who could hope to prevent Montpellier from winning a maiden title but despite their best efforts they had to be content with second place. Carlo Ancelotti’s men won their final day match against FC Lorient also by a 2-1 scoreline with strikes coming from Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta but it proved academic. Lorient, despite defeat, were able to survive in the top flight by the skin of their teeth finishing one point clear of SM Caen who were relegated along with Dijon and Auxerre.