Monaco and Montpellier finish goalless
Monaco's season is yet to get going after they played out their second successive goalless draw in Ligue 1 in their rearranged game with Montpellier. Guy Lacombe's side opened their campaign with a 0-0 stalemate against Lyon, while Montpellier enjoyed an impressive win against Bordeaux.
While both sides went close, neither could make the breakthrough in a fixture played tonight after heavy rain forced the game to be postponed at the weekend.
Montpellier had the first chance when Olivier Giroud was released on the left and fed Souleymane Camara, whose shot went slightly wide. The visitors were then grateful to goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren, who kept out Thomas Mangini's free-kick which was heading for the top corner.
Monaco were dominating in attack, Daniel Niculae sending a snap-shot inches over before the hosts almost broke through Chu-Young Park, whose header came back off the left post. Both sides were full of attacking intent and shortly afterwards Montpellier went close when Hasan Kabze crossed for Giroud, who put a header just wide.
The second half was much the same, Camara just missing with a header from Estrada's free-kick before Monaco keeper Stephane Ruffier pulled off a superb save after Giroud controlled the ball, turned and fired in a shot.
A minute later and Montpellier keeper Jourdren made a top save as he back-tracked and palmed away Park's lob. Camara then hit the side-netting but neither side could find the breakthrough, with the result leaving Montpellier seventh and Monaco 14th.