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French Ligue 1

Francis le Ble 16th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Brest Brest vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Brest 1

F Raspentino (12)

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AC Ajaccio 1

D Oliech (70)

Brest halt losing streak

Last Updated: 16/02/13 10:29pm

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Florian Raspentino celebrates after firing the hosts ahead

Florian Raspentino celebrates after firing the hosts ahead

Brest ended a four-game losing streak and inched away from the relegation zone following a 1-1 draw with Ajaccio at the Stade Francis-Le Ble.

Florian Raspentino fired the hosts ahead early on but they were denied a first league home win since November by Dennis Oliech 20 minutes from the end.

With most of Brest's relegation rivals losing it was, however, a point gained for Landry Chauvin's men following their recent barren run.

Brest were quickly ahead as Raspentino profited on good work from on-loan Everton forward Magaye Gueye after 11 minutes.

Gueye delivered an excellent ball just in behind the defenders where an onrushing Raspentino was well placed to take a touch before thumping the ball past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's dive.

Ajaccio rarely threatened in the opening 45 minutes but when they did Alexis Thebaux acted smartly to keep out Oliech's low drive from the edge of the area.

Gueye was impressing at the other end and teed up Kamel Chafni to volley a sweet shot just over. With time ticking down to the half-time whistle Ochoa needed two attempts to thwart Jonathan Ayite.

Ajaccio remained firmly in the game at 1-0 and reminded the hosts of that shortly after the restart as skipper Johan Cavalli shot narrowly over after Paul Lasne's clever cross.

Chafni curled a shot inches wide before Gueye again had Ochoa scrambling to snuff out the danger after initially mishandling.

Brest were 20 minutes away from securing a first home league win since November 17 - they had lost all five games in between time - only for Oliech to snatch a point.

The Kenya striker combined with Cavalli to cut open the home defence and leave him with the simplest of finishes from close range.

Both sides still had their chances to seal the win.

Ochoa made a last-gasp stop to deny Raspentino before Thebaux deflected away a fiercely-struck Cavalli strike.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 26 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Nice 26 34
10 Bastia 26 33
11 Nantes 26 33
12 Lille 26 32
13 Rennes 26 32
14 Caen 26 31
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22