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Stade de L'Aube 15th December 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Troyes Troyes vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Troyes 3

S Darbion (34)
B Nivet (39)
F Camus (45+1)

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AC Ajaccio 2

P Lasne (90)
J Cavalli (90+3)

Troyes pick up rare victory

Last Updated: 15/12/12 10:39pm

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Fabien Camus celebrates his goal for Troyes

Fabien Camus celebrates his goal for Troyes

Troyes picked up only their second Ligue 1 win of the season to move off the bottom of the table - but came close to throwing away the victory at the death.

Jean-Marc Furlan's side headed into the game having collected just nine points from 17 games, but raced into a three-goal interval lead thanks to strikes from Stephane Darbion, Benjamin Nivet and Fabien Camus at the Stade de l'Aube.

The visitors finally got going in the closing stages - pulling one back in the 89th minute through substitute Paul-Bastien Lasne and reducing the deficit further in stoppage time when Johan Cavalli's free-kick flew in off the head of Troyes defender Granddi Ngoyi - but they had left their charge too late.

Despite their lowly position, Troyes started brightly and should have taken a 17th-minute lead through Mounir Obbadi but he somehow fired wide from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

AJA's only real chance of the first half arrived in the 22nd minute, but Sigamary Diarra's 20-yard drive was kept out by home goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien.

Jean-Christophe Bahebeck lashed inches wide just before the half-hour mark, before three goals in 13 minutes put the strugglers firmly in the ascendancy.

Nivet and Obbadi initiated a counter-attack which culminated in Camus flicking the ball to Darbion, who coolly slotted past Ajaccio goalkeeper Francisco Ochoa in the 33rd minute.

Five minutes later, Nivet pounced and sent the ball underneath the diving Ochoa after a poor defensive header from Samuel Bouhours.

And the home fans were celebrating again on the stroke of half-time when Nivet set up Camus, who despatched a right-footed curler into the top corner, leaving Ochoa motionless.

Troyes could have extended their advantage 10 minutes into the second half when Nivet fed teenage midfielder Corentin Jean, who rounded Ochoa only to see his shot cleared off the line by Bouhours.

Ajaccio looked to be struggling for inspiration, with Adrian Mutu's curling free-kick - parried by Thuram-Ulien - their best attempt until the late, late rally.

Substitute Lasne gave the visitors a glimmer of hope a minute from time when he capitalised on a mistake by defender Florian Jarjat and went on to beat Thuram-Ulien, and then Cavalli's goal-bound 92nd-minute free-kick found its way into the net via Ngoyi's head, but Troyes held on for a precious win.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 18 37
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Bordeaux 18 31
6 Monaco 18 29
7 Rennes 18 28
8 Nantes 18 27
9 Montpellier 18 25
10 Reims 18 25
11 Nice 19 22
12 Lille 17 21
13 Guingamp 18 21
14 Lorient 18 20
15 Toulouse 18 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 18 19
19 Bastia 18 17
20 Caen 18 14