The Nigerian winger could not help his team to a favourable result on Friday in Paris as the star studded Parisians triumphedJohn Utakaplayed all 90 minutes for the defending champions and it seemed a draw would be the result until Kevin Gamiero pounced in the 82nd minute to settle the tie in favour of the league leaders.
But it could have been different if Utaka had taken the two chances he got. In the third minute, his right footed shot from outside the box was saved by Salvatore Sirigu and in the 87th minute, a cross from Hilton presented an aerial chance to the Nigerian, which he took but Sirigu saved again.
Gameiro and David Beckham emerged from the bench 18 minutes from time, and the two substitutes played a part in the lone goal.
On a counter attack after Hilton gave the ball away in the centre of the pitch, Beckham passed to Jeremy Menez who picked out Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the burly Swede’s slide rule pass was knocked in by Gameiro.
The Nigerian had 86% pass accuracy from 43 touches and won a third of aerial duels while also tracking back to win three tackles and help left-back, Henry Bedimo.
Utaka has scored five times in the league this season as Montpellier sit seventh on the table with 45 points with eight matches left in the season but will continue to play to get into Europe again next season.