Mar­seille lose 5-3 at home to Lori­ent for 4th straight loss

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY JEROME PUG­MIRE

Jor­dan Ayew scored twice to pun­ish his for­mer club as Lori­ent won 5- 3 away to Mar­seille in a fran­tic match on Fri­day — con­demn­ing the home side to a fourth straight de­feat and deal­ing a sig­nif­i­cant blow to its Cham­pi­ons League as­pi­ra­tions.

Ayew put the vis­i­tors ahead in the ninth minute and then set up cen­ter half Fran­cois Bel­lu­gou four min­utes later to stun the Stade Velo­drome crowd.

Ghana winger An­dre Ayew, Jor­dan Ayew’s older brother and in­ter­na­tional team­mate, pulled a goal back in the 59th minute and then cen­ter half Jeremy Morel made it 2- 2 eight min­utes later.

Left winger Ro­main Philip­poteaux made it 3- 2 to the vis­i­tors a minute later, only for Mar­seille sub­sti­tute Michy Batshuayi to equal­ize sec­onds af­ter com­ing off the bench.

Jor­dan Ayew, who was re­leased by Mar­seille in Jan­uary 2014, took his league tally for the sea­son to 11 when he made it 4- 3 in the 84th, be­fore mid­fielder Mathias Autret com­pounded Mar­seille’s hu­mil­i­a­tion two min­utes later.

Mar­seille re­mains in fourth place and is now two points be­hind third- place Monaco, which trav­els to play last- place Lens on Sun­day, and only leads fifth­place Saint- Eti­enne on goal dif­fer­ence.

Lori­ent, which had lost three and drawn one of its past four league games, climbed away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone and up to 14th spot.

Mar­seille started well and club top scorer An­dre- Pierre Gignac missed a good chance in the sixth minute af­ter be­ing picked out by winger Flo­rian Thau­vin.

Jor­dan Ayew then made Mar­seille pay for that miss af­ter run­ning onto Philip­poteaux’s back­heel and strik­ing the ball firmly past goal­keeper Steve Man­danda. He scored the equal­izer when the teams drew 1- 1 in De­cem­ber.

Things soon got worse for Mar­seille when Jor­dan Ayew rose to the back post and headed the ball back across goal to Bel­lu­gou, who nod­ded it past Man­danda to stun the Stade Velo­drome crowd, who jeered the play­ers off at half­time.

Jor­dan Ayew then slammed a su­perb shot into the top cor­ner to re­mind Mar­seille fans that he should never have been sold, be­fore Autret beat Man­danda at the sec­ond at­tempt.

Lyon leads the league on goal dif­fer­ence from two- time de­fend­ing cham­pion Paris Sain­tGer­main, hav­ing played one game more.

AP

Mar­seille’s French for­ward An­dre-Pierre Gignac, cen­ter, chal­lenges for the ball with Lori­ent’s French de­fender Lamine Kone, right, dur­ing the League One soc­cer match be­tween Mar­seille and Lori­ent, at the Velo­drome Sta­dium, in Mar­seille, south­ern France on Fri­day, April 24.

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