Monaco hit back for share of spoils against Ajaccio

Monaco slipped to third in Ligue 1 despite coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Ajaccio at the Stade Louis II.

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Ricardo Carvalho celebrates after getting Monaco back on level terms Source: AAP

Ajaccio raced into an early lead when a quick free-kick caught the hosts by surprise and Khalid Boutaib was on hand to nod Issiaga Sylla's delivery beyond Danijel Subasic.

As Monaco continued to disappoint, the visitors' evening improved further when Mohamed Larbi was allowed space on the right before pulling the ball back to John Tshibumbu to add a second just after the half-hour mark.

The hosts got themselves back in the contest early in the second half when goalscorer Tshibumbu fouled Fabinho in the area and the Brazil fullback dusted himself down to tuck home the penalty.

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Another Ajaccio error allowed Monaco to claim a share of the spoils, with goalkeeper Clement Maury failing to claim Joao Moutinho's corner and allowing Ricardo Carvalho to stab home.

Angers leapfrogged the principality side into second place with a confident 2-0 victory against fellow European hopefuls Caen, although they are 20 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Stephane Moulin's side broke the deadlock just before the break as Pierrick Capelle showed great control on the edge of the area before dispatching a clinical finish for his first Ligue 1 goal.

And the hosts wrapped up the three points after 74 minutes when Billy Ketkeophomphone broke free of the Caen defence from substitute Mohamed Yattara's pass before beating Remy Vercoutre.

Alexandre Lacazette scored the first-ever goal at the Stade des Lumieres as Lyon beat luckless Troyes 4-1 to move up to sixth.

Lacazette broke the deadlock after 18 minutes, only for Florian Camus to equalise midway through the second half with a stunning strike.

But Lyon were not to be denied a winning start in their new stadium as Rachid Ghezzal, Jordan Ferri and Claudio Beauvue all netted in the final 18 minutes.

Lorient squandered a two-goal lead as they were held to a draw 2-2 at Rennes in their mid-table clash.

The visitors were two up inside 22 minutes courtesy of Fallou Diagne's own goal and Abdul Waris's tap-in but Ousmane Dembele and Jeremie Boga got Rennes back on level terms before the break and that is how it remained.

Cheick Diabate scored the only goal of the game as Bordeaux beat Montpellier 1-0 to claim their first away league win of the season.

Wissam Ben Yedder grabbed a second-half hat-trick as Toulouse came from behind to end a run of three winless Ligue 1 games with a 3-1 victory at Reims, whose goalscorer Antoine Devaux was sent off late on.


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Published 10 January 2016 at 9:10am
Source: PA Sport