Luis Suarez, Dimitri Payet, Jonathan Clauss, Matteo Guendouzi, Angers, Marseille
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Clauss stars as Marseille beat Angers

Clauss stars as Marseille beat Angers

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Publish on 09/30 at 22:48 - S. TELFORD

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France right-back Jonathan Clauss had a goal and two assists as Olympique de Marseille beat Angers SCO 3-0 on Friday evening to move provisionally top of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats table.

Angers SCO 0-3 Olympique de Marseille

 

THE MATCH

 

Angers bounced into their match with Marseille at the Stade Raymond Kopa having won their previous two games before the recent international break, and they started on the front foot. Nabil Bentaleb was only the width of the post away from making it 1-0 after pouncing on a Jordan Veretout mistake (18') and Adrien Hunou should really have given the hosts the lead midway through the half but he blazed an effort wide with the goal at his mercy (33'). Minutes later, Marseille punished the profligacy. Clauss bounded forward from left-back, and after a dip of the shoulder, thumped the ball home via Yahia Fofana's near post (36'). Marseille might have pulled further clear before half-time, but Luis Suarez failed to connect with Mattéo Guendouzi's wicked delivery into the box (39') and it was 1-0 at the break.

 

Marseille make sure

 

Marseille didn't have to wait long for the second after the restart, though. Clauss was well-place to pick up a poor Yan Valery clearance before bursting into the box and squaring for Suarez who converted from close range (50'). With the wind in their sails, OM soon made it three. Again Clauss was involved, picking out Gerson from the left, and the Brazilian steered home a fine left-footed finish (59'). Gerson nearly went from taker to maker moments later, but Issa Kaboré fired wide from his cutback (60'). Second-half substitute Amine Salama had a chance to reduce the arrears for Angers, but his toe-poke drifted wide of the post (82') and it ended 3-0.

 

 

THE PLAYER: Jonathan Clauss

 

With Nuno Tavares suspended, Sead Kolasinac was expected to get the nod at left wing-back on Friday, but instead Kaboré came in on the right with Clauss switching flanks. The right-back by trade started both of France's games in the UEFA Nations League recently, but he showed no sign of fatigue, nor discombobulation playing on his unnatural side, and was rewarded with his first Marseille goal, alongside his third and fourth assists.

 

THE STAT: 10

 

Marseille are now undefeated in their last 10 matches in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. The last time les Phocéens tasted defeat in the French top flight was back in May, when the lost 2-0 to Stade Rennais FC when Jorge Sampaoli was still in charge. OM are the only undefeated team in the league not called Paris Saint-Germain or RC Lens, and they are unlucky the capital club are so strong these days, else this year's title could be theirs.