AC Ajaccio 2 - 3 Evian Thonon Gaillar

Match info: Ligue 1 at Francois-Coty

Date: 14/09/2013 KO: 19:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

AC Ajaccio

Junior Tallo 86
Paul Lasne 81

2
vs
3

Evian

Brice Dja Djedje 31
Kevin Berigaud 43,52

FT (ht: 0-2)

  • Last Updated: September 13 2013, 9:40 BST

Evian manager Pascal Dupraz hopes he will not be left to rue the short early-season league break for World Cup qualifying action.

Pascal Dupraz: Hopes break hasn't hurt his side
Pascal Dupraz: Hopes break hasn't hurt his side

Dupraz saw his players kick-start their campaign with an impressive 2-1 victory over Ligue 1 opponents Lyon last time out, which came after a poor opening of two defeats and a draw.

After a week off, Evian head to struggling Ajaccio, where they will be expected to compound their opponents' low-key start to the season.

Although Ajaccio claimed a 1-1 draw against Paris St Germain, they followed it up with two 0-0 scorelines and have scored just one goal in four matches.

"We must rely on our good performance against Lyon. Few people expected us to win that game," Dupraz told the Evian club website.

"It is almost a shame we had the break after the Lyon game. It stopped our momentum, but the team is moving forward and starting to play football in an enjoyable way."

Evian will arrive at Stade Francois Coty without striker Marco Ruben, whose persistent calf injury means that he is again absent from the starting line-up.

Ajaccio boss, the former Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli, remains upbeat despite his team's goal-shy opening.

"The players have shown a good state of mind," he told the club's official website.

"We must improve our physical and technical performance, and I want to win, but in Paris, Nice and Sochaux, we have met difficult teams early in the season."


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