Determined to make the difference early, as they had done against Rennes and Nice, Les Rouge et Blanc started the match at 200 km/h. As early as the second minute, James let fly with the first shot of the match from 20m out, but his curling effort failed to hit the target. Ajaccio striker Junior Tallo was forced Subasic into a comfortable save in the sixth minute. After another chance for Moutinho in the ninth minute, the first big chance of the match arrived two minutes later. Rivière couldn't make the most of Kurzawa powerful cross, but the ball broke for Martial who squirmed into a shooting opportunity, only to be brought down as he prepared to pull the trigger. The referee, Mr Gautier kept his whistle in his pocket... as he did when Rivière's shot was stopped by the hand of Tonucci in the area (15')…
Martial's bicycle kick
After 15 minutes, the home side lifted another notch. In the 17th minute, Martial left all the defence in his wake, only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Ochoa. The Mexican goalkeeper was at it again after 20 minutes, tipping over Toulalan long-range missile. Just before the half-hour, Hengbart produced an acrobatic clearance in front of Kurzawa. But after their frenetic start AS Monaco FC failed to produce the danger as the half wore on. The home fans had to wait until the 40th minute to see Martial produce a magnificent scissor kick that flew just wide of the top corner from Raggi's cross. Despite dominating from start to finish, Les Rouge et Blanc were still held scoreless at half-time.
Ochoa keeps it level
After the break, the home side continued to attack, but the Ajaccio defence held firm. Ochoa produced another fine save to deny Rivière (51'), and then another to keep out Carvalho's header from a corner (56'). Then ACA found themselves reduced to ten men in the 61st minute when Pierazzi received a second yellow card for a foul on James. The Colombian was everywhere in attack and he saw another long-range bomb deflected just wide for a corner in the 65th minute, before chipping the ball towards Ocampos, on for Martial, but the Argentine couldn't get a telling touch to beat Ochoa. As the game entered the final 20 minutes, Claudio Ranieri made another attacking change, throwing in Germain for Obbadi.
Rivière delivers for Les Rouge et Blanc
The new man missed his chance from an excellent Kurzawa cross in the 75th minute, but Raggi followed up and drove the ball back across the face of goal where Rivière blasted home his eighth of the campaign! From a free-kick, James had the chance to take the game beyond the visitors, but his 79th minute free-kick came back off the Ochoa's left-hand upright and five minutes later Moutinho hit the same post with another free-kick! Ochoa then saved Germain's header before Rivière failed to make clean contact with a Germain cross. ACA earned a late corner that saw Ochoa come forward in stoppage time, but Kurzawa cleared the danger to ensure Claudio Ranieri's men held on for a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 victory without conceding a goal as they leapfrogged LOSC into second place. Another excellent result, ahead of next Saturday's trip to Guingamp.