March 9, 2013
AC Ajaccio 1-0 Lorient
Ajaccio moved clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone as Ronald Zubar's second-half goal earned them victory over Lorient tonight.
The former Wolves defender lashed home a powerful shot in the 75th minute to settle a match which up till then had been dominated by the goalkeepers.
Victory moved the hosts five points above the bottom three, while defeat saw Lorient's hopes of breaking into the European places recede.
The visitors started the better, Yann Jouffre bringing a fingertip save out of Guillermo Ochoa with a low shot from the edge of the area.
Jouffre then sent in a cross which picked out Ecuele Manga at the far post and the Gabon international headed inches over the top.
At the other end Paul Lasne had a first-time shot blocked by keeper Fabien Audard, who minutes later produced a stunning reflex save to keep out a volley from the same player.
Both sides continued to give as good as they got in the second half, only to find the keepers in fine form.
Ochoa blocked from Julien Quercia at one end and Audard acrobatically kept out a Frederic Sammaritano lob at the other.
Ochoa was called into action again to keep out Jouffre's effort from the edge of the area.
But Audard was finally beaten with 15 minutes remaining as Zubar retrieved the ball on the halfway line, strode toward goal and fired fiercely into the net from 20 yards to settle the match.
|Ronald Zubar (75')|
|1 Guillermo Ochoa||16 Fabien Audard|
|17 Yoann Poulard||5 Bruno Ecuele Manga|
|6 Ronald Zubar||2 Lamine Kone|
|26 Samuel Bouhours||14 Arnaud Le Lan|
|20 Anthony Lippini||25 Lamine Gassama|
|18 Johan Cavalli||8 Yann Jouffre|
|19 Paul-Bastien Lasne||24 Wesley Lautoa|
|14 Mehdi Mostefa||6 Gregory Bourillon|
|12 Adrian Mutu||20 Julien Quercia|
|21 Frederic Sammaritano||28 Maxime Barthelme|
|10 Chahir Belghazouani||22 Kevin Monnet-Paquet|
|27 Sigamary Diarra||Ludovic Giuly 19|
|23 Arnaud Maire||Fabien Robert 15|
|4 Ricardo Faty||Maxine Baca 17|
|13 Fabrice Begeorgi||Enzo Reale 27|
|16 Oumar Sissoko||Gilles Sunu 18|
|28 Felipe Saad||Benjamin Lecomte 1|
|9 Andy Delorte||Benjamin Corgnet 7|
|Sigamary Diarra for Chahir Belghazouani (65)||Benjamin Corgnet for Arnaud Le Lan (6)|
|Ricardo Faty for Johan Cavalli (84)||Ludovic Giuly for Julien Quercia (73)|
|Fabrice Begeorgi for Frederic Sammaritano (88)||Gilles Sunu for Gregory Bourillon (78)|
|Anthony Lippini (85)||Bruno Ecuele Manga (69)|
|Lamine Gassama (77)|
|· Squads: AC Ajaccio | Lorient|