Thauvin helps OM up to fifth
Florian Thauvin starred with two goals as Olympique de Marseille beat Angers 3-0 to climb to provisional fifth in the table.
Olympique de Marseille 3-0 Angers SCO
Marseille scored a 10th home win of the season and it was founded on a blistering start as they were two goals up inside the first 20 minutes against dangerous opposition. Nine minutes in, Dimitri Payet played a quick free-kick to Thauvin and the wide attacker's powerful low shot beat goalkeeper Mathieu Michel.
Ten minutes later Rémy Cabella doubled the home lead, racing onto a Payet pass in behind and prevailing in a one-on-one with Michel by rounding the 'keeper and rolling the ball home. Playing centre-forward, as Bafétimbi Gomis was only fit enough for bench duty, the former Newcastle United player scored his second Ligue 1 goal of the season and his first since Week 3.
In-form Angers had won five of their last seven Ligue 1 games, but had no answer to Rudi Garcia's men as they scored a third win in four. Angers did have chances before the break and Yohann Pelé saved well from Karl Toko Ekambi. The goalkeeper then made an even better strop from the Cameroonian international with just over 10 minutes left in the period.
Maxime Lopez played a one-two with Cabella soon after that chance and the young midfielder would surely have scored a third but for an awkward bounce as he tried to clip the ball into the net.
Thauvin had a crack early in the second half, while entering the final 15 minutes Pelé got down at his near post to save from Nicolas Pepe, the Angers substitute. Soon after that, Thauvin scored his second. Morgan Sanson slipped as he attempted to shoot and Thauvin was well positioned to make the points safe.
THE PLAYER: Florian Thauvin
A double for Thauvin made it four Ligue 1 goals in three games to take the attacker into double figures for the season, matching his personal best haul posted with Bastia in 2012-2013.
THE STAT: 14
None of OM's last 14 Ligue 1 games has finished in a draw. OM have won nine of them and lost five.