Since winning the Ligue 1 title back in 2012, Montpellier have seen a number of key members of that side leave. However, the 23-year-old homegrown product Remy Cabella has remained behind and Sunday's hammering of Lyon represented something of a tour de force from the diminutive No. 10.
Full of intelligent vertical runs, clever angled passes and composed touches in and around the final third, Cabella led La Paillade to a 5-1 victory, scoring twice and assisting on the other three.
The first saw him run unmarked beyond OL's defensive line onto a long ball before artfully flicking inside for Victor Montano to net in the 16th minute. On the stroke of halftime, his inswinging corner found Anthony Mounier unmarked six yards out, and his powerful header gave Anthony Lopes no chance.
The 59th minute played host to Cabella's first goal, a coolly rolled penalty sending Lopes the wrong way after Montano had been sent tumbling by Les Gones' keeper. Before he doubled his personal tally seven minutes later—where having raced free down the left—he slid the ball inside Lopes' near post.
Cruising to victory Montpellier may have been, but Cabella smelled blood, and in the 68th minute he and Montano put the exclamation point on the end of an impressive showing. Again strolling free down the left, Cabella looked into the area and crossed a magnificent arching effort—with his unfavoured left foot—onto the forehead of Montano whose bullet header flew past Lopes.
All in, it was two goals and three assists for Cabella in a magnificent man of the match showing. A tight game had been expected, but Cabella made it anything but.