Paris, Aug 30 IANS | 23 days ago

Thanks to double efforts from Dimitri Payet, football club Marseille had a perfect revenge on last season's French Cup arch rivals Nice, trouncing the opponents 4-0 at home to rise temporarily to be among the Ligue 1 new season's top-3.


In the previous six recent encounters between the two, Marseille won once, drew twice but lost three, all coming as the 2013-14 French Cup match-ups, reports Xinhua.

Payet opened the scoring for the home side as a low cross found its way in the 20th minute to the 27-year-old forward, who had the simple job of finishing low into the bottom corner to give his side the lead.

Florian Thauvin doubled it just before the break, receiving a nice cross from Payet and finishing into an empty net.

Just three minutes into the second half, Payet made it 3-0 with a diving header, this time Thauvin setting him up with a brilliant lofted pass.

Forty minutes later, substitute Abdelaziz Barrada tapped into an empty net to complete the rout.

It has been the second straight victory for Marseille, who suffered a lacklustre start to the season.

With the victory of the sole fourth round game Friday, the 2010 league champions jumped to top-3 from 10th position, tying with Saint-Etienne and Lille on seven points following leaders Bordeaux with nine.

(Posted on 30-08-2014)

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