Montpellier moved away from the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Marseille in the French league on Friday.
Renowned for his passing skills, midfielder Ryad Boudebouz scored twice, putting the hosts ahead in front in the fourth minute, slotting home from the rebound after goalkeeper Yohann Pele parried away a shot from Steve Mounie. He doubled his team’s lead in the 36th with a left-footed volley.
Florian Thauvin pulled one back after the interval and Mounie sealed Montpellier’s win near the hour mark.
Montpellier was level on points with 10th-place Marseille, four points above the relegation zone.