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Francois-Coty 9th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: F Fautrel

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Bordeaux suffer at hands of Ajaccio

Last Updated: 09/02/13 10:09pm

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Ricardo Faty: Scored Ajaccio's winner

Ricardo Faty: Scored Ajaccio's winner

Bordeaux slipped out of the top four after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at improving Ajaccio, who followed up their surprise win over Lyon last weekend with another impressive scalp.

A first-half strike from Ricardo Faty was enough to earn Ajaccio the spoils as Bordeaux suffered only their second defeat in 13 matches in all competitions.

The loss sees Bordeaux drop to sixth in the standings, with St Etienne taking their spot among the European places.

Ajaccio, meanwhile, are up to 14th after extending their unbeaten run to five matches in Ligue 1, which has also included holding title favourites Paris St Germain to a draw.

Les Girondins, who face Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, came into the match having won five of their last six in league and cup and they enjoyed the better of the early exchanges at the Stade Francois Coty.

David Bellion saw his goal-bound volley deflected away by home defender Ronald Zubar before Fahid Ben Khalfallah's effort from a Ludovic Obraniak cross flew just wide.

Ajaccio had produced little to worry Cedric Carrasso in the visiting goal in the opening half-hour, but when they finally created a decent chance they made the most of it as Faty opened the scoring in the 32nd minute.

Bordeaux struggled to properly clear a Johan Cavalli free-kick, allowing Faty the chance to head the loose ball past Carrasso.

That proved to be the match-wining effort, although Bordeaux came close to an equaliser on more than one occasion.

Guillermo Ochoa denied Julien Faubert before the break at the expensive of a corner while the home goalkeeper did superbly to keep out Bellion's deflected shot at the start of the second half.

Ochoa also performed heroics in the 72nd minute to save Nicolas Maurice-Belay's close-range shot.

Ajaccio were again causing little danger at the other end but they came within inches of doubling their lead in the 78th minute when Adrian Mutu's volley smashed against the post.

Bordeaux had one late chance to snatch a point but again Ochoa stood in their way, the Mexico international deflecting Maurice-Belay's well-struck effort away with his thigh.

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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