The game: 1-0
His first was expected and as in his first match at the head of Lorient in 2019, Christophe Pelissier inaugurated his arrival on the Auxerre bench with a victory. The new AJA coach had asked his players for energy. The former Merlus coach could not have been disappointed with the start of his new team’s match.
In the first twenty minutes, the Burgundians settled in the opposing camp to offer themselves the best opportunities. After Mathias Autret (5th), it was Hamza Sakhi’s turn to shine: a first try from just wide (6th) then the Auxerre midfielder found the right corner of Benjamin Leroy on a curled shot (1 -0, 8th). He was close to the double on a new strike with a ball, deflected by Vidal, which Leroy diverted after a good extension (20th).
AC Ajaccio seemed to suffer. An impression contradicted by a much higher possession (61%) in the first period. But it was very unproductive with only one small chance on the head of Bevic Moussiti-Oko (27th).
The fact: two evictions in six minutes
Upon returning from the locker room, the Corsicans seemed more determined, really settling in the Auxerre camp. They also thought they would end up getting out of it after the expulsion of M’Baye Niang, guilty of a muscular, useless and uncontrolled tackle on Mohamed Youssouf (56th).
But that was without counting on the lack of lucidity of Cédric Avinel, author of a stupid tackle on Nuno Da Costa (62nd) and also asked to leave the field. Despite more spaces, the game did not get carried away.
At the end of the match, Raveloson found Leroy’s gloves (85′) and Gauthier Hein almost scored a bold goal by attempting a thirty-meter lob but the ball hit the Ajaccio crossbar (88′). With this success, Auxerre offers a breath of fresh air and is no longer relegated (15th) before the rest of this 13th day.
Auxerre have not lost any of their 14 receptions from Ajaccio in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 (8 wins, 6 draws), the opponent that AJA has received the most without ever losing in these competitions.