A brace by Spaniard Pol Lirola, with the second goal in added time, gave Argentina’s Jorge Sampaoli’s Olympique de Marseille a 3-2 victory against Lorient and kept their European expectations alive.
The arrival of Sampaoli has uncovered the offensive conditions of the Spanish defender, now with a greater presence in attack, who scored his first goals as a player in the Marseille team.
His success was providential. He relieved Marseille when the match was stuck against an opponent with permanence at stake.
In fact, it was Lorient, who marks the frontier of salvation, who took advantage in the twentieth minute with a goal from Nigerian Teremas Moffi, who culminated a heads-up with goalkeeper Steve Mandanda after a pass from Yoane Wissa.
Sampaoli’s team did not find the success until the second half. It was Dimitri Payet who leveled, in the 53rd minute, after receiving a pass from Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik.
Four minutes later, Lirola opened his account and put the locals ahead. He beat Matthieu Dreyer after a cross from Florian Thauvin.
The team of Christophe Pelissier did not give up, which equaled twenty minutes from time with another goal from Moffi.
With the clash leading to a draw, Pol Lirola appeared again. He received the ball from Payet and threw a shoe out of Dreyer’s reach to give his team the win.
Olympique Marseille is sixth, with the same points as Lens, which marks the European places zone, in the thirty-third day of Ligue 1.