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Girard pleased with Lyon hit-out

29 July 2012 17:58

Montpellier head coach Rene Girard said his side learned some vital lessons from their French Super Cup defeat to Lyon on Saturday.

Girard's men, the defending French champions, led twice during the 90 minutes at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey but Jeremy Briand's late equaliser for Lyon ensured the match would finish at 2-2 after normal time.

That meant a penalty shootout was required to settle the fixture, with Gaetan Charbonnier and Henri Bedimo missing spot-kicks for Montpellier.

Despite the defeat, Girard was happy with his side's toughest test of the pre-season to date.

"This was good preparation," Girard said.

"It was also a step up in terms of the other friendly matches we have played. This was certainly the hardest match we've had so far."

Girard also felt some of the defending in the match was indicative of the fact the match was played in July.

"It was the sort of game you get at the start of the season between two teams that are not totally ready yet physically," he said.

"You saw that on some of the goals where there was some lapses in concentration and the end of the game was tough because of the heat and the conditions."

Lyon head coach Remi Garde felt the crowd of over 15,000 were treated to an entertaining match and was happy with his side's strong finish.

"I think this was a good representation of Ligue 1," Garde said.

"The second half started with an injustice with the referee giving Montpellier a penalty (which Emanuel Herrera converted). That stimulated my players and got them playing together more.

"We finished the game more strongly than Montpellier."

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