December 12, 2012
AC Ajaccio 2-0 Stade de Reims
Adrian Mutu led the way with a first-half opener as Ajaccio claimed their first Ligue 1 win in five matches at the expense of struggling Reims at the Stade Francois Coty tonight.
The Romanian netted the opener from a free-kick on the half-hour and a late own goal from Mickael Tacalfred made it another bad night for the visitors, who have now gone nine games without a win.
Keen to get back on track after a 3-0 loss at Montpellier at the weekend, Ajaccio made a poor start and almost gifted Reims an 11th-minute lead when a poor clearance by Carl Medjani fell to Kamel Ghimas, whose shot was knocked out for a corner by Guillermo Ochoa.
Mutu went close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute when Johan Cavalli's ball found him in space at the near post, and he chested it down and volleyed inches wide of target.
But Mutu grabbed the opener six minutes later after Cavalli won a free-kick on the right. Mutu hit the set-piece which bobbled awkwardly in front of Reims keeper Kossi Agassa before finding the back of the net.
Diego Rogonato had a chance for Reims before half-time but after the break it was Ajaccio who almost extended their lead through Chahir Belghazouani, who drove a solid effort just wide.
Eduardo tried a lob that sailed just wide of target before Reims were unlucky not to equalise in the 63rd minute, Odair Fortes playing in Julien Toudic whose 20-yard shot hit the woodwork.
Ajaccio finally sealed their win in the 77th minute when Paul Lasne got his head on another Mutu free-kick and the ball deflected off the head of Tacalfred and into his own net.
|AC Ajaccio||Stade de Reims|
|1 Guillermo Ochoa||16 Kossi Agassa|
|23 Arnaud Maire||25 Anthony Weber|
|6 Carl Medjani||22 Michael Tacalfred|
|26 Samuel Bouhours||4 Grzegorz Krychowiak|
|20 Anthony Lippini||23 Aissa Mandi|
|18 Johan Cavalli||27 Christopher Glombard|
|14 Mehdi Mostefa||6 Antoine Devaux|
|8 Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi||8 Johann Ramare|
|29 Eduardo Dos Santos||11 Diego|
|12 Adrian Mutu||7 Odair Fortes|
|10 Chahir Belghazouani||5 Kamel Ghilas|
|17 Yoann Poulard||Mohamed Fofana 2|
|27 Sigamary Diarra||Franck Signorino 3|
|22 Fousseni Diawara||Bocundji Ca 21|
|16 Oumar Sissoko||Julien Toudic 9|
|21 Frederic Sammaritano||Johann Liebus 1|
|7 Benjamin Andre||Floyd Ayite 10|
|19 Paul-Bastien Lasne||Gaetan Courtet 18|
|Benjamin Andre for Chahir Belghazouani (73)||Julien Toudic for Antoine Devaux (52)|
|Paul-Bastien Lasne for Johan Cavalli (76)||Gaetan Courtet for Kamel Ghilas (66)|
|Sigamary Diarra for Adrian Mutu (82)||Floyd Ayite for Odair Fortes (77)|
|Johan Cavalli (13)|
|Chahir Belghazouani (24)|
|Adrian Mutu (51)|
|· Squads: AC Ajaccio | Stade de Reims|