Guillermo Ochoa Debuts in France with a Defeat: Ajaccio 0-2 Toulouse

Luis HerreraAnalyst IAugust 6, 2011

DENVER, CO - JUNE 01:  Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa #1 of Mexico directs his teammates against New Zealand at INVESCO Field at Mile High on June 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Guillermo Ochoa's career in European football began with a stumble.

Despite some good interventions, the Mexican goalkeeper couldn’t avoid Ajaccio’s defeat at home, finishing 0-2 against Toulouse on the first day of the Ligue 1.

The home side dominated the first half slightly, though, without creating many chances of danger, while the visitors tried to surprise with counterattacks.

Ochoa had his first major intervention at the 22nd minute, when he palmed away a good header on a corner kick.

The match looked like it would be scoreless at halftime, but on the last play of the first half Toulouse took the lead in a free kick; against a poor marking, Antoine Devaux anticipated to connect a good header, making Paco Memo’s jump futile.

Ajaccio tried pushing in the second half and generated five consecutive corner kicks in the first minutes of the second half.

However, after those attempts caused more by desire than good football, the recently promoted team finally show its shortcomings and did not generate more arrivals, while Toulouse got the Mexican goalkeeper in trouble several times.

Ochoa made some good saves, including a spectacular one where he rejected a mid-distance shot by Machado against the crossbar.

The second of the game came at minute 73 with another great Machado’s shot that slipped to the angle, leaving Ochoa with no chance this time.

Ajaccio claimed an unmarked penalty by the referee near the end, and in stoppage time Toulouse goalkeeper made a very good save on a free kick, but overall the local side had too few arguments to think in a reaction.

In the personal aspect, Ochoa had a good debut in France, but overall it was clear he will struggle a lot this season due to the weakness of Ajaccio, a team which main goal is avoiding relegation.

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