November 4, 2012
AC Ajaccio 0-2 Marseille
Marseille moved level on points with Paris St Germain as brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew guided them to a 2-0 victory at Ajaccio.
Ligue 1 leaders PSG had gone down to a surprise home defeat by St Etienne yesterday and Marseille took full advantage today although the capital side still have a better goal difference.
However, they could well be joined later on 22 points with Toulouse playing this evening although Marseille will be in pole position with a game in hand on both sides.
For Ajaccio it was a first home defeat of the season and it was the hosts who had the first attack on goal when Chahir Belghazouani's shot was on target but comfortably saved by Steve Mandanda.
Home goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa returned the compliment, gathering Benoit Cheyrou's effort.
Ajaccio then had two quickfire efforts on goal, Mandanda having to repel Ricardo Faty's shot with his right foot and a minute later the keeper was tested again.
Carl Medjani fired in a powerful shot from 20 yards which bounced in front of Mandanda, forcing him into an awkward save.
Marseille then went ahead nine minutes into the second half, Cheyrou's shot from outside the area was blocked by Yoann Poulard.
Charles Kabore nodded the ball back into the area, Andre Ayew getting there first and heading beyond Ochoa.
The hosts twice came close to equalising.
Adrian Mutu bent a free-kick around the wall which was on target until Mandanda dived down to his right to push the ball away.
Mutu then turned provider, his free-kick finding Mehdi Mostefa but his header went over the bar with Mandanda stranded.
Mathieu Valbuena's dipping shot was tipped over the bar by Ochoa and with just three minutes left Marseille sealed victory.
Valbuena passed to Jordan Ayew who then drilled home from 12 yards into the bottom left-hand corner.
|1 Guillermo Ochoa||30 Steve Mandanda|
|17 Yoann Poulard||4 Lucas Michel Mendes|
|6 Carl Medjani||3 Nicolas N'Koulou|
|26 Samuel Bouhours||15 Jérémy Morel|
|20 Anthony Lippini||2 Kassim Abdallah|
|12 Adrian Mutu||28 Mathieu Valbuena|
|4 Ricardo Faty||7 Benoit Cheyrou|
|14 Mehdi Mostefa||19 Charles Kaboré|
|10 Chahir Belghazouani||11 Loïc Remy|
|27 Sigamary Diarra||10 Andre Ayew|
|7 Benjamin Andre||18 Morgan Amalfitano|
|23 Arnaud Maire||Souleymane Diawara 21|
|15 David Gigliotti||Gennaro Bracigliano 1|
|22 Fousseni Diawara||Pape M'Bow 14|
|24 Damien Tibri||Jordan Ayew 8|
|30 David Oberhauser||Florian Raspentino 27|
|8 Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi||Billel Omrani 25|
|21 Frederic Sammaritano||Rafidine Abdullah 13|
|David Gigliotti for Benjamin Andre (57)||Jordan Ayew for Loïc Remy (66)|
|Frederic Sammaritano for Sigamary Diarra (73)||Florian Raspentino for Morgan Amalfitano (90)|
|Damien Tibri for Mehdi Mostefa (78)|
|Carl Medjani (70)||Andre Ayew (48)|
|David Gigliotti (80)||Kassim Abdallah (64)|
|· Squads: AC Ajaccio | Marseille|