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French Ligue 1

Francois-Coty 3rd February 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio vs Lyon Lyon

AC Ajaccio 3

C Belghazouani (57)
A Mutu (65, pen 90+2)

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Lyon 1

A Lacazette (53)
D Lovren (S/O 90)

Mutu at the double

Last Updated: 03/02/13 4:04pm

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Adrian Mutu: Scored twice

Adrian Mutu: Scored twice

Adrian Mutu scored twice as Ajaccio inflicted a blow to Lyon's Ligue 1 title hopes with a 3-1 victory.

Paris St Germain's three-point lead, gained by winning 4-0 in Toulouse on Friday, was sure to last the weekend after this surprising result.

Ajaccio were without a win in five league matches and perched precariously, just two points above the relegation zone, as Lyon arrived looking to rejoin PSG at the summit.

And when Lyon edged ahead early in the second half it was all going to plan for Remi Garde's men.

But Ajaccio were soon level, thanks to Chahir Belghazouani, and Romanian Mutu headed them ahead before adding a late penalty after Lyon missed a chance to equalise from the spot.

The bulk of the first-half chances belonged to Lyon, with Steed Malbranque volleying just off target, Gueida Fofana a whisker away with a 30-yard strike, and Malbranque again going close from 18 yards.

For Ajaccio, John Cavalli skimmed the crossbar with a left-footed strike from a free-kick.

Lyon went in front after 53 minutes through their promising young forward Alexandre Lacazette who met a cross from the right delivered to the far post by Rachid Ghezzal, volleying the ball back into the far corner.

Ajaccio's Ricardo Faty had a header cleared off the line in the 56th minute, but the danger remained and Belghazouani drilled a 20-yard strike low into the net.

Belghazouani played a key role in the goal that inched Ajaccio into the lead after 65 minutes, taking on Anthony Reveillere down the left and playing the ball to team-mate Felipe Saad. Saad flicked it to Mutu who dived in to head home from inside the six-yard box.

The veteran Romanian, formerly of Parma, Chelsea and Juventus, might be 34 now and in the autumn of his career, but he was agile enough on that occasion to get the better of the Lyon rearguard.

Lyon pushed forward in search of an equaliser but were almost caught by a swift Ajaccio move as Cavalli released Mutu whose attempted lob over goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Their big chance of a leveller came in the 87th minute when Saad brought down Bafetimbi Gomis to give away a penalty, but Guillermo Ochoa guessed which way Gomis would shoot from the spot and produced a solid save.

In stoppage time, Ajaccio had their own penalty after Dejan Lovren fouled Dennis Oliech and Mutu left Vercoutre grasping at air.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 19 38
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 18 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 17 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 19 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15