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Stade Armand-Cesari-Furiani 20th April 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

Bastia Bastia vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Bastia 2

F Raspentino (32)
S Squillaci (88)


AC Ajaccio 1

A Camara (4)

Ajaccio are relegated

Last Updated: 20/04/14 8:15pm

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Aboudacar Camara: Gave Ajaccio some early hope

Aboudacar Camara: Gave Ajaccio some early hope

Ajaccio's relegation to Ligue 2 was confirmed at the hands of their Corsican neighbours Bastia as they slumped to a 2-1 derby defeat on Sunday.

Only a win would have been good enough to delay the inevitable and although Aboubacar Camara put them ahead just five minutes in, Florian Raspentino levelled after half an hour and Sebastien Squillaci delivered the final insult a minute from time as Bastia took all three points.

The start could hardly have been better for Ajaccio as Camara rose unmarked to head in Mehdi Mostefa's free-kick, and they might have doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Claude Dielna's free-kick struck the crossbar.

But the momentum then swung as Ryad Boudebouz broke away down the right and crossed for Raspentino to head in the equaliser, and only a fine save from Guillermo Ochoa prevented them from leading at half-time as Raspentino was denied a second.

The Ajaccio defence left Wahbi Khazri in all sorts of space early in the second half but he failed to make them pay with a header which went wide.

The visitors had a couple of chances to regain the lead, but Paul Lasne's free-kick was not too difficult for Mickael Landreau to deal with, before a snap shot from the midfielder flashed wide with five minutes to go.

A draw would have sealed Ajaccio's fate but Bastia really rubbed it in, with Squillaci heading home Khazri's 89th-minute free-kick.

The defeat, Ajaccio's 20th of the season, leaves them with a measly 20 points from 34 matches.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11