Marseille 1-2 Ajaccio: L’ours seal three points at the Velodrome

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AC Ajaccio beat Olympique de Marseille with a 2-1 victory on Saturday at the Orange Velodrome. Marseille were looking to continue their good run after winning last match. Ajaccio were beaten 3-1 in their previous match against Clermont Foot. Marseille are currently 2nd with 23 points from 10 matches, while Ajaccio sit in 18th, with 7 points from 10.

Marseille started strong and were rewarded for their efforts, when Dimitri Payet gave them the lead on the 15 minute mark. However, the good fortune didn’t last for long. An equalizer from Bevic Moussiti-Oko, at 25 minutes brought Ajaccio level. They then scored again, pulling level thanks to a calamitous own goal from Leonardo Balerdi just before half-time. The first half ended 2-1. Both teams unable to deliver anything further, the score remained at 2-1 at full time.

Substitutions for Marseille included Jordan Veretout, Amine Harit, Luis Suarez, Cengiz Under and Bamba Dieng for Pape Alassane Gueye, Alexis Sanchez, Gerson, Dimitri Payet and Issa Kabore, respectively. Ajaccio brought on Ismael Diallo, Mickael Alphonse, Jean Botue, Thomas Mangani and Clement Vidal, to replace Youssouf Kone, Cyrille Bayala, Bevic Moussiti-Oko, Vincent Marchetti and Oumar Gonzalez.

The referee booked Youssouf Kone and Oumar Gonzalez for Ajaccio.

Next up, Marseille are away to Paris Saint-Germain, whilst Ajaccio will travel to face Troyes.

Technical card:
Olympique de Marseille:Ruben Blanco, Samuel Gigot, Leonardo Balerdi, Chancel Mbemba, Issa Kabore (Bamba Dieng, min.77), Pape Alassane Gueye (Jordan Veretout, min.46), Valentin Rongier, Nuno Tavares, Gerson (Luis Suarez, min.56), Dimitri Payet (Cengiz Under, min.57) and Alexis Sanchez (Amine Harit, min.56)
AC Ajaccio:Benjamin Leroy, Mohamed Youssouf, Oumar Gonzalez (Clement Vidal, min.88), Cedric Avinel, Youssouf Kone (Ismael Diallo, min.60), Cyrille Bayala (Mickael Alphonse, min.74), Mathieu Coutadeur, Vincent Marchetti (Thomas Mangani, min.88), Riad Nouri, Bevic Moussiti-Oko (Jean Botue, min.74) and Mounaim El Idrissy
Stadium:the Orange Velodrome
Goals:Dimitri Payet (1-0, min. 15), Bevic Moussiti-Oko (1-1, min. 25) and Leonardo Balerdi (1-2, min. 47)