Diarra heads dramatic OM winner
Marseille made it three wins in a week in all competitions with a 3-2 victory at Dijon, secured by Alou Diarra's late header. OM had let a 2-0 lead slip before coming up trumps.
Marseille have won more Ligue 1 games in the last seven days than in the first ten matches of the new season, following up a home win over Ajaccio with more important points. Having made headlines off the pitch all week, OM are making them on it too and qualified for the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue with a thumping 4-0 home win over Lens.
Rémy nets fastest goal of season
All three wins have come with Didier Deschamps electing for a 4-4-2 formation. Striker Loïc Rémy netted the opener after only 19 seconds, the fastest goal of the season, collecting the ball from Charles Kaboré, beating Chaher Zarour and then slotting through Baptiste Reynet’s legs.
Dijon had beaten Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue to reach the last eight and could have equalised through Grégory Thil before Benoît Cheyrou doubled OM’s lead with a super free-kick in the 11th minute.
Jordan Ayew and Rémy twice could have put the game beyond Dijon, while at the other end Steve Mandanda had to be at his best to deny Thomas Guerbert.
Dijon comeback, Diarra winner
Dijon pulled a goal back in the first minute of the second half as substitute Brice Jovial volleyed home with his first touch for his fourth league goal of the season. In the 63rd minute Dijon levelled through topscorer Benjamin Corgnet, the midfielder heading home his fifth of the campaign at the near post.
Marseille needed a hero and Diarra was the unlikely saviour. The French international midfielder has endured a difficult start to his OM career but will have won over a few fans after his headed winner, beating Reynet to the ball after the keeper came off his line and failed to meet Mathieu Valbuena’s free-kick.
So Marseille will go to Arsenal on Tuesday in good heart and in the top half of the Ligue 1 table, while Dijon have now gone five games without a win in the league and stand a mere two points above the relegation zone.