Montpellier Herault Sport Club beat Stade Malherbe Caen 1-0 at home in a match that was played in almost farcical weather conditions at the Stade de la Mosson.
Heavy rains before the contest left massive puddles on the pitch, affecting players’ footing throughout the contest and heavily influencing the bounce of the ball and the flow of play.
Ultimately, the match was settled inside the first five minutes when veteran defender Hilton rose above a pack of Norman defenders to head home from an Anthony Mounier corner.
Both sides created chances sporadically throughout the rest of the match, but while MHSC stopper Geoffrey Jourdren made a few key stops, both sides struggled to create attacking chances with the turf so water-logged.
One effort by Bryan Dabo ended up being about as comedic as it was unthreatening—it was a moment that summed up two sides’ efforts to battle the conditions as much as one another.