Ajaccio snatches 2-2 draw at Bordeaux in Ligue 1


PARIS (AP) -Chakhir Belghazouani's stoppage-time strike snatched a 2-2 draw for AC Ajaccio at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Yoan Gouffran's 78th-minute header looked to have given the home side a deserved win, before Belghazouani pounced two minutes into injury time.

And Belghazouani - who was signed from Belgian club Zulte Waregem in the offseason - almost stole all three points for Ajaccio moments later with an effort just wide.

Brazilian defender Henrique had given Bordeaux the lead nine minutes into the second half but Ricardo Faty leveled 10 minutes later.

It was Bordeaux's fourth consecutive Ligue 1 draw. The side had hoped to continue its positive week after a 4-0 win over Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday.

Bordeaux should have taken the lead in the 19th minute but Gregory Sertic's header was cleared off the line.

Ajaccio could have gone into halftime in front as Eduardo raced clear one-on-one with Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso, but hit effort was off target much to the relief of the home support.

Bordeaux went close six minutes into the second half following a good through ball from Benoit Tremoulinas to Gouffran, whose effort scraped the top of the crossbar.

The home side took the lead three minutes later when Jaroslav Plasil headed a corner down to Henrique, who lashed it in, giving Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa no chance.

Bordeaux almost doubled its lead on the hour mark when Tremoulinas whipped in a curling effort from the far left of the penalty area which flew just wide of the top right corner.

Henri Saivet went even closer minutes later for Bordeaux as he feinted twice to get between two defenders before unleashing an effort which crashed off the right upright and back across the face of goal before going out.

And Ajaccio leveled immediately after that when Mehdi Mostefa headed a corner down to Faty, who turned it in.

Ludovic Obraniak could have restored Bordeaux's lead with a long-range effort which he fired straight at Ochoa.

Gouffran put Bordeaux back in front 12 minutes from time when he headed Tremoulinas's cross into the bottom right corner.

That looked to have given all three points to Bordeaux before Belghazouani beat the offside trap and controlled the ball on his chest before firing it into the far right corner.

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