Two minutes away from pulling up to sixth, Montpellier Hérault SC saw their hard work come undone, with Wesley Saïd (90+1′) snatching a late 2-2 draw for Dijon FCO at the Stade de la Mosson.
Montpellier Hérault SC 2-2 Dijon FCO
Separated by just four points in mid-table at kick-off, Montpellier and Dijon went for each other at a frenetic pace from the off. Saïd nearly gave the visitors an early lead after a defensive mix up, but he fired high (11′) before Julio Tavares forced a save from Benjamin Lecomte in the home goal with a fine header (13′). At the other end, Keagan Dolly’s thumping effort forced Baptiste Reynet to parry, with Casimir Ninga flashing the rebound past the post (18′). Dolly has been in and out of the team this season, but he was determined to make his case for further inclusion here and found the outside of Reynet’s post soon after (25′). It was Dijon who drew first blood, though, Saïd finding himself one on one before slotting the ball through Lecomte’s legs for his eighth goal of the Ligue 1 Conforama season (27′). MHSC could have got back on level terms before the half was out, but Giovanni Sio was called back for offside with the goal at his mercy (38′).
Saïd and done
Montpellier fought their way back onto level terms just inside the hour with Ellyes Skhiri picking up on Ninga’s cutback to steer the ball over Reynet from range (59′). Michel Der Zakarian’s men had their tails up, and minutes after Reynet saved acrobatically from Sio (61′) they pulled into the lead, with Sio stealing in first to meet substitute Jonathan Ikoné’s low cross and turn home (66′). La Paillade should have made sure of the points when Ninga squared for Isaac Mbenza, but the Belgian fired wide from metres out (79′). Dijon would have the last laugh though. Tavares had a header bounce off the Montpellier post (86′) before Saïd snatched a share of the spoils with the last attack of the game, capping off a fine counter to complete the scoring with Lecomte nowhere to be seen (90+1′).
THE PLAYER: Wesley Saïd
Saïd looks more dangerous by the week for Dijon, and this share of the points would have been impossible if not for the former France U21 striker. Saïd poked and probed and never let his head go down, with his brace just reward for his team-high five shots, four of them on target.
THE STAT: 5
Montpellier have now drawn each of their last five matches in Ligue 1 Conforama, dropping 10 points in the process. A return to European football is the club’s stated ambition, but they need to get some wins on the board. The south coast club last picked up all three points against Angers SCO on 3 February