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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 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23