Paris: Gaetan Laborde scored two of Montpellier’s three second-half goals on Sunday as they cruised past Marseille and into second place in France’s Ligue 1.

Laborde scored in the 51st and 62nd minutes and Paul Lasne added a third eight minutes later to give the home side an unassailable lead.

The victory was the third in a row for the 2012 champions and extends their unbeaten league run to 11 matches.

The three points puts them second ahead of Lille on goal difference, 11 points behind Paris St-Germain who have won all 12 of their games so far.

Elsewhere on Sunday, St-Etienne beat Angers 4-3 in a thriller and Nantes defeated Guingamp 5-0. (Reuters)