Mutu scores twice as Ajaccio beats contender Lyon
PARIS (AP) -Veteran striker Adrian Mutu scored two second-half goals as Ajaccio came from behind to beat title contender Lyon 3-1 in the French league on Sunday.
Forward Alexandre Lacazette gave Lyon the lead in the 53rd minute when he volleyed in a cross from the left, but midfielder Chahir Belghazouani equalized for the Corsican side four minutes later.
Mutu put Ajaccio ahead in the 65th and then added a last-minute penalty for his seventh league goal of the season after Lyon center half Dejan Lovren was sent off for bringing down forward Dennis Oliech as he burst through.
Lyon coach Remi Garde sounded defeatist about his team chances of overtaking PSG in the title race with 15 rounds left.
"Honestly, PSG are in a different league to us. We will try to hang on in there as long as possible, but we can't only look ahead of us,'' Garde said. "Our objective is to finish in the top three, and we have some serious rivals.''
Moments before Mutu's second goal, Lyon had missed the chance to equalize from the penalty spot when Guillermo Ochoa tipped Bafetimbi Gomis' spot kick wide. But more than the miss itself, it was Lyon's inability to assert itself on the game after taking the lead that irked Garde.
"At 1-0, we stopped playing. We thought we'd done the hard work and had the three points in the bag,'' Garde said. "I thought that we had to try and score again rather than just sit on our lead. I don't have a team that can do that, and you saw that today.''
Lyon's defeat means Paris Saint-Germain is now three points clear of Lyon at the top of the league, and six points ahead of third-place Marseille, which can reduce the gap to three if it beats last-place Nancy in Sunday's later game.
After Ajaccio's equalizer, Lyon started to panic and defended sloppily. Mutu was left unmarked to head home from the penalty spot and then expertly sent goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Montpellier climbed up to eighth place with a 3-1 win against visiting Reims, which took the lead through winger Gaetan Courtet in the 34th.
The home side hit back with goals from striker Souleymane Camara, and midfielders Marco Estrada and Younes Belhanda.
"We only have the league to focus on now,'' Montpellier coach Rene Girard said. "We're going to have a tough game at Saint-Etienne next, where we won't have a lot of pressure on us. We'll go there to get a good result.''
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