Payet scores as Marseille tightens grip on 2nd; Lyon draws
Payet was one of France’s best players at the European Championship four years ago, and is now hoping to get back into the national side for Euro 2020 later this year.
He dedicated the win to Marseille’s travelling fans, who were not allowed inside the stadium to watch the match following incidents near the entrance before the game.
“The Marseille supporters buses were targeted by hooded individuals who violently attacked them. The buses sustained significant damages,” Marseille said in a statement, adding that there were further incidents in the car park. “Our fans were confined to the spot and had multiple objects thrown at them from the Saint-Etienne fans, and particularly violent reactions from the police forces who used tear gas, a water canon and evidently flash-balls.”
Payet has been in fine form recently, and fooled goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier in the seventh minute. Collecting the ball on the left, Payet turned a defender one way and the other, then curled a shot inside the post with Ruffier having left a narrow gap as he moved off his line anticipating a cross.
After Saint-Etienne carelessly lost the ball in midfield, Payet and midfielder Morgan Sanson teed up Radonjic to smack the ball inside the right post from the left of the area.
The team finishing second gets automatic qualification for the Champions League, while the team in third spot goes through the qualifying rounds.