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Ligue 1 Wrap: Payet inspires Marseille at Guingamp

11 August 2013 23:52

Dimitri Payet scored twice as Marseille made a strong start to the Ligue 1 season with a 3-1 win over newly promoted Guingamp on Sunday.

Marseille, who finished 12 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain in their unsuccessful tilt at the title last season, produced a disciplined display to take victory at the Stade du Roudourou.

Last season's top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring for Elie Baup's men, netting just two minutes into the game as he reacted quickest after Mamadou Samassa could only parry Andre Ayew's shot.

The visitors made it 2-0 inside four minutes, Payet scoring his first goal since joining from Lille in June as he pounced on some poor defending from the hosts to slot home from Ayew's left-wing cross.

Guingamp's first game in the top flight for nine years quickly descended into disaster, and after 16 minutes, Marseille had all but clinched victory, Payet scoring from the rebound after Samassa had done well to keep out a volley from Mathieu Valbuena.

Jocelyn Gourvennec's side did improve in the second half, and they appeared to have found a route back into the game when they were awarded a penalty after Steeven Langil had been felled by Souleymane Diawara seven minutes into the second half.

However, striker Mustapha Yatabare fluffed his lines, Steve Mandanda producing a great save to preserve the three-goal lead.

Yatabare did atone somewhat for that miss when he found the net with 16 minutes to play, but it proved too late for Guingamp to mount a comeback.

Saint-Etienne began life without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a 1-0 win at Ajaccio.

Christophe Galtier's men parted company with Aubameyang in July, with the Gabon international joining Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, but former strike partner Brandao filled the void in this game, scoring the only goal in the 34th minute.

Brandao had Romain Hamouma to thank for his goal, the winger doing brilliantly to find space and supply the low cross for the Brazilian to tap in.

Ajaccio rarely looked like threatening in a largely insipid display, with Benjamin Andre's dismissal for a second bookable offence capping off a difficult day for Fabrizio Ravanelli on his managerial debut.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +6 9
2 4 +3 8
3 4 +3 7
4 4 +1 7
5 4 +3 7
6 4 +3 7
7 3 +4 7
8 4 +3 6
9 4 +2 6
10 4 +1 6
11 4 +0 6
12 3 +2 5
13 4 -5 4
14 3 -1 4
15 4 -3 4
16 3 +0 3
17 4 -6 3
18 3 -2 2
19 4 -6 1
20 4 -8 1

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