Salomon Kalou scored a hat trick to help Lille edge out Ajaccio with a 3-2 win.
Salomon Kalou scored a hat trick to help Lille edge out Ajaccio with a 3-2 win.
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PARIS (AP) - Salomon Kalou scored a hat trick Sunday to help Lille stay third in the French league with a 3-2 win at last-placed Ajaccio.

Kalou got the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 74th minute after Ajaccio defender Grenddy Perozo fouled Lille forward Nolan Roux.

''We lacked technical accuracy and we were shaky defensively,'' Lille coach Rene Girard told BeIn Sport television. ''We took three points today, but that's really it.''

Ajaccio striker Gadji Tallo put the hosts ahead in the opening minute by converting a cross from Sigamary Diarra.

Kalou leveled with a penalty in the 26th after Ajaccio midfielder Johan Cavalli handled the ball inside the area. The Ivory Coast forward volleyed home a cross from Jonathan Delaplace to give Lille the lead in the 38th.

But Tallo equalized three minutes before halftime by chipping goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Lille was down to 10 men in the 80th when defender Adama Soumaoro was red-carded for a two-footed lunge on Dennis Oliech.

At Stade Gerland, Lyon lost ground in the race for a European spot by splitting the points with mid-table Montpellier in a goalless draw.

Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren parried swerving free kicks from Clement Grenier in the 30th and 60th and saved volleys from Alexandre Lacazette in the 41st and Bafetimbi Gomis in the 69th.

Lyon trails fourth-placed Saint-Etienne by six points.

Paris Saint-Germain holds a five-point lead over Monaco at the top of the league and hosts Marseille later Sunday.

On Saturday, it was: Saint-Etienne 2, Monaco 0; Lorient 1, Bastia 1; Nice 0, Toulouse 2; Reims 3, Valenciennes 1; Rennes 0, Guingamp 2; and Sochaux 2, Bordeaux 0.

On Friday, Evian beat Nantes to move five points clear of the relegation zone.

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