Ligue 1 wrap: Gazelec seal historic first win

AFP

Gazelec Ajaccio picked up its first Ligue 1 win at the 11th time of asking, ending Nice's four-match winning run with a 3-1 triumph in Corsica.

Hatem Ben Arfa had inspired Nice's surge in form, taking it up to sixth in the table, but it looked bereft of ideas against Gazelec.

Gregory Pujol got the minnows off to a dream start, scoring inside the first minute.

Though Gazelec captain Roderic Filippi could only turn Ricardo Pereira's cross into his own net 10 minutes later, he made amends in the best possible way just after the half-hour mark, restoring the hosts' lead with a towering header from Damjan Djokovic's corner.

Djokovic himself gave Gazelec a two-goal cushion shortly before the interval, and it proved enough to make history as Nice failed to muster a response after the break, with GFC substitute Jerome Le Moigne's late red card doing little to dampen the party atmosphere as Thierry Laurey's men clambered off the foot of the table.

Paris Saint-Germain has been left with the chance to open up a seven-point gap at the top of the table after second-placed Angers drew 0-0 at home to Guingamp.

Breton rivals Lorient and Rennes played out a 1-1 draw, while Montpellier registered its second win of the Ligue 1 season courtesy of a 2-0 success against Bastia.


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