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Eight wor­ried-look­ing Mar­seille play­ers stayed on the field af­ter the 1-1 home draw with Monaco in the French league on Sun­day. Sev­eral se­nior play­ers were in the closed cir­cle: at­tack­ing mid­fielder Dim­itri Payet, for­ward Flo­rian Thau­vin, long-serv­ing goal­keeper Steve Man­danda and Brazil­ian hold­ing mid­fielder Luiz Gustavo. They seemed at a loss what to do, un­til fi­nally Payet sprinted off. His mis­sion? Per­suad­ing the rest of Mar­seille’s play­ers to leave the com­fort of the dress­ing room to go back out to face the an­gry fans. Even­tu­ally, as a re­luc­tant group, the whole team walked slowly and with ev­i­dent trep­i­da­tion to­ward a large group of home fans massed be­hind one of the goals. /

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