Ligue 1: Marseille thump Troyes, Bordeaux hold Lille to draw
Marseille stormed to its first points of the season as it thrashed newly-promoted Troyes 6-0 in their first match under new coach Michel on Sunday.
Marseille had yet to score a goal this season going into the match, following two 1-0 defeats. Abdelaziz Barrada opened the scoring in the first half, heading home a rebound after Michy Batshuayi’s header crashed off the crossbar, and the floodgates opened in the second half.
Lassana Diarra, who had been out of football for a year because of a contract dispute with Lokomotiv Moscow, doubled Marseille’s lead two minutes after the interval and the home side were 4-0 up shortly after the hour mark following a strike from Batshuayi and an acrobatic effort from Lucas Ocampos.
Two goals in the final two minutes from Romain Alessandrini and Batshuayi put the icing on the cake.
Michel was appointed on Wednesday to replace Marcelo Bielsa, who resigned over a contract dispute after the first match of the season.
Lille and Bordeaux are still in search of their first win of the season after an entertaining 0-0 draw, which saw the woodwork hit four times.
Lille was first to be denied when Baptiste Guillaume’s low effort crashed off the base of the far post in the 37th minute.
Renato Civelli also headed a corner onto the crossbar in the 65th and Bordeaux goalkeeper Jerome Prior pulled off a fantastic stop to turn another Civelli header onto the bar.
Enzo Crivelli went closest for Bordeaux on the hour with a powerful header which hit the far right post.
Lille and Bordeaux both have two points after three matches.
Saint-Etienne moved to four points after snatching a 1-0 win at Lorient, which played almost the entire match with 10 men.
Lorient goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte was sent off after just 42 seconds for bringing down Nolan Roux just outside the area, when the Saint-Etienne striker was clean through on goal.
Substitute goalkeeper Florent Chaigneau, who replaced Lorient forward Didier Bouanga, did well to put Pierre-Yves Polomat’s free kick out for a corner.
Chaigneau kept Saint-Etienne at bay with several fine saves and it appeared as if Lorient would draw a third successive match, but Romain Hamouma fired home Neal Maupay’s cross three minutes from time.
Hamouma has had a hand in all three of Saint-Etienne’s goals this season – scoring two and setting up the other.
Saint-Etienne thought it had taken the lead in the second half when Moustapha Bayal Sall headed home Hamouma’s corner but the goal was disallowed for a foul by Sall.