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Francois-Coty 12th December 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: T Chapron

AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio vs Reims Reims

AC Ajaccio 2

A Mutu (31)
M Tacalfred (og 77)

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Reims 0

Ajaccio end winless run

Last Updated: 12/12/12 8:59pm

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Adrian Mutu: Scored the opening goal

Adrian Mutu: Scored the opening goal

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 on Wednesday night.

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.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15