Marseille too strong for Dijon
Clinton Njie scored twice as Olympique de Marseille eased to a 3-0 win over Dijon FCO at the Orange Vélodrome on Sunday evening.
Olympique de Marseille 3 - 0 Dijon FCO
Marseille had failed to beat Dijon when the sides last met here in April and the first-half signs here pointed at more frustration for Rudi Garcia's men. Morgan Sanson and Florian Thauvin, the latter from a free-kick, were both denied by Baptiste Reynet as the first period ended goalless.
But substitute Njie set Marseille on their way six minutes into the second half, heading home from a Valère Germain cross following excellent play from summer signing Luiz Gustavo (51'). Dijon were stunned as OM doubled their advantage just three minutes later, the away defence backing off to allow Thauvin to advance and fire past Reynet to make it 2-0.
Njie was helped by a deflection as his effort from outside the box made it 3-0 with 18 minutes remaining and the margin of victory could have been even greater in the end - ex-Monaco man Germain was denied a first Ligue 1 Conforama goal for his new club by the bar at the death.
THE PLAYER: Clinton Njie
The Cameroon international, whose loan move from Tottenham Hotspur was made permanent this summer, was introduced at the break in place of injured captain Dimitri Payet, and it was his goal that broke the deadlock. The former Olympique Lyonnais forward added another to secure the points and is already halfway to matching his total tally for last season.
THE STAT: 5
Germain is proving a hit at his new club already. Scorer of a hat-trick against Oostende in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg, his assist for Njie's opener here means he has been directly involved in five of OM's seven goals so far this season.