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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Valenc'nes 2

A Waris (51, 72)


AC Ajaccio 3

B Andre (62)
I Baradji (87, 90)

Ajaccio dent VA's survival hopes

Last Updated: 22/03/14 10:50pm

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Issa Baradji (l) celebrates with his Ajaccio team-mates

Issa Baradji (l) celebrates with his Ajaccio team-mates

Teenage substitute Issa Baradji fired a late double to hand Ajaccio a rare Ligue 1 win - 3-2 at relegation-threatened Valenciennes.

With five minutes remaining, Valenciennes were on the point of climbing out of the bottom three, leading 2-1 and just needing to see out the closing stages.

Eighteen-year-old Baradji intervened though in dramatic style, grabbing an 87th-minute equaliser and a late winner to earn the visitors a 3-2 success.

They were his first goals in senior professional football, and capped an entertaining second half in which Valenciennes twice led but finished with no reward.

Majeed Waris scored in the 51st and 72nd minutes for Valenciennes, with Benjamin Andre netting between those goals for the away side and Baradji breaking home hearts.

Valenciennes had been on the brink of a third straight victory, while for Ajaccio their success was only a third win all season in a dismal Ligue 1 campaign that they have conceded will end in relegation.

There has been no such resignation to that fate at Valenciennes and after a quiet first half, in which Gary Kagelmacher and Gregory Pujol went close with headers from corners, they looked to be taking charge.

The opening goal came when Marco Da Silva and Arthur Masuaku combined to give Waris a sight of goal, and his low right-footed drive beat Guillermo Ochoa.

Ajaccio levelled when Paul Lasne crossed from the right and Andre collected the ball and beat two defenders before shooting past Magno Novaes.

The second from Waris was a penalty, after Joshua Nadeau fouled Maor Melikson, and he cracked a powerful shot high into the net.

But then came the late twist, just as Valenciennes looked poised to overtake fourth-bottom Evian.

Baradji levelled with a powerful first-time shot from Pujol's left-wing cross, and headed in unmarked in the 90th minute after poor defending at a corner.

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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