Souleymane Camara has apologised to his Montpellier team-mates for his crucial late penalty miss in last night's dramatic 2-2 draw with Evian.
An injury-time spot-kick was preceded by a mass brawl resulting in two players from each team being sent off, including Montpellier's regular penalty taker Younes Belhanda - who had netted from 12 yards earlier in the match.
Camara stepped up in his absence when the kick was finally taken in the 98th minute, but keeper Stephan Andersen saved his shot to preserve a point for the visitors. Camara told L'Equipe: "I want to apologise to my team-mates. I felt ready to take the penalty but I took it very badly."
Fellow striker Olivier Giroud, who himself missed a penalty during Friday's 1-0 win over Toulouse, praised Camara for stepping forward. "Nobody could ask any more of him," he said. "It comes to everyone to miss a penalty, and I know what I am talking about. Younes took the first one, Souley put himself forward for the second, he took responsibility."
Giroud's 21st league goal of the season in the 84th minute earned Montpellier a point which he feels could be decisive in keeping them ahead of big-spending Paris St Germain in the title race. PSG are six points behind ahead of tonight's clash with St Etienne.
"It's a good point," he said. "It could be the point which wins us the title. I am still just as confident about the title. We are six points ahead, with our destiny in our hands."