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La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau (ATT 22,309) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: S Lannoy

Nantes Nantes vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Nantes 2

S Gakpe (8)
F Djordjevic (76)

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AC Ajaccio 2

M Mostefa (5)
S Diarra (90+2)

Diarra goal frustrates Nantes

Last Updated: 08/03/14 10:45pm

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Ajaccio's Mexican goalkeeper Memo catches the ball

Ajaccio's Mexican goalkeeper Memo catches the ball

Sigamary Diarra struck a last-gasp equaliser as Ligue 1's whipping boys Ajaccio denied freefalling Nantes what would have been their first victory in eight matches.

Nantes had taken just two points from a possible 21 to slump to within two spots of the drop zone, but they looked to have finally secured a win as goals from Serge Gakpe and Filip Djordjevic overturned Mehdi Mostefa's early opener for Ajaccio.

However, with victory seemingly in their grasp, the 2001 French champions were denied right at the death when Diarra slotted home two minutes into stoppage time as the match finished 2-2.

That late goal saw Nantes slip to within seven points of the relegation zone following third-bottom Valenciennes' win over Rennes, and completed a miserable few days for Les Canaris after seeing their appeal against a 16-month transfer embargo fail on Friday.

Diarra's equaliser will not have brought rock-bottom Ajaccio much cheer either, though, as while it helped them avoid a fourth successive loss, results elsewhere mean they are now 10 points adrift of safety.

For a brief while the Corsicans were on course for only their third win of the campaign after taking a fourth-minute lead through Mostefa, who headed home unmarked from a Benjamin Andre corner.

The visitors were ahead for barely three minutes before Nantes drew level, though. Issa Cissokho took advantage of a poor clearance by the Ajaccio defence to send in a cross which Gakpe turned in on the run.

Despite that quick setback, Ajaccio had two chances to get back in front either side of half-time but Ricardo Faty's shot was deflected just wide before Diarra's 25-yard effort was turned away by Remy Riou in the home goal.

It was Nantes' turn to then go close in the 57th minute, and they should really have taken the lead with the unmarked Djordjevic somehow contriving to miss from six yards out when a goal looked certain.

Djordjevic did much better six minutes later, but this time the ball crash against the post after he had connected sweetly on the volley.

It proved to third time lucky for the Serbia international in the 76th minute, though, as he put Nantes ahead following a superb ball in from Jordan Veretout.

And that looked set to be the match-winner, only for Diarra to stun them with a late leveller.

The home defence failed to clear the danger and Diarra was perfectly placed to make the most of the chance as he tapped home from close range, leaving Nantes keeper Riou furious with his defenders and Les Canaris ever closer to the drop zone.

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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