Marseille nail second straight victory in Ligue 1

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-09 07:59:48|Editor: Xiaoxia
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PARIS, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Marseille celebrated their second straight win in Ligue 1 as they rallied past troubled Dijon 2-1 in the 24th round match on Friday.

After conceding a goal by Jordan Marie less than 20 minutes into the duel, Marseille staged their comeback thanks to Mario Balotelli and Lucas Ocampos.

Marseille had recorded their first home win of the league in almost three months after going past Bordeaux 1-0 at an empty Stade Velodrome earlier this week.

They found themselves down against Dijon in the 18th minute, when Marie was on position to hit target after veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda had denied Fouad Chafik's long-range effort.

The match, however, went into Marseille's direction after the restart. Balotelli latched onto Florian Thauvin's header on a corner to sweep home at the far post in the 56th minute. It was the Italian striker's second goal after his arrival during the winter transfer window.

Marseille's second goal of the match was more spectacular, as Ocampos cut inside past one defender before finishing a powerful shot into the top corner in the 74th minute.

The second consecutive win has lifted Marseille up to fifth place, while Dijon remain 16th.

Leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who suffered the first league loss of the season last weekend, will take on Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.