Photo: Getty images

Photo: Getty images

Marseille 2-0 Montpellier

Florian Thauvin continued his impressive start to the season with a goal at the Stade Vélodrome on Friday.

The France U-21 star scored in the 36th-minute – his eighth goal in eight games for club and country – before Saber Khalifa ensured the win with his added-time strike.

The victory, which is Marseille’s third successive win in the league, keeps Elie Baup’s men in fourth place while Montpellier remain in 16th.

The visitors – who had only won a league game in Marseille once before – were dealt a blow within a minute when striker Djamel Bakar was stretchered off after a challenge with Benjamin Mendy.

Although his replacement Victor Montaño threatened minutes later, the home side forced the Montpellier defence into five clearances within 34 minutes.

Baup’s team made amends for their 2-0 loss away to Arsenal in midweek two minutes later when Thauvin latched onto the retuning Dimitri Payet’s pass and drove in his fourth league goal of the season.

Geoffrey Jourdren kept the score at 1-0 going into the break after dealing with Gignac’s free-kick and Thauvin’s tame attempt.

The visitors attempted to get back into the contest in the second period and twice could have equalised when Montaño first failed to get his head onto a free-kick at the back post, before Rémy Cabella drove into the side netting on 69 minutes.

But, Jean Fernandez’s hopes of returning to his former club where he served as manager and player with a result were dashed when Khalifa received Thauvin’s lofty pass and fired in his first league goal of the season on 93 minutes.


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