On Wednesday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showcased his prowess by scoring a goal and providing two assists, leading Marseille to a commanding 3-0 triumph over last-place Lyon in Ligue 1.
From the onset, Marseille asserted control in the rescheduled clash at the Stade Velodrome, putting immediate pressure on Lyon.
Background and Rescheduled Fixture
The fixture took place just four days after the unfortunate demise of a fan, casting a sad shadow on a season already marred by violence in French league games. Initially scheduled for October 29, the Marseille-Lyon encounter was postponed due to an incident where fans hurled rocks and projectiles at the Lyon bus. The then-coach Fabio Grosso required stitches in his forehead after being struck by broken glass.
Lyon supporters were barred from attending the rescheduled game, but the atmosphere remained fervent yet peaceful.
Goals and Contributions
- Vitinha’s Opener: Portuguese striker Vitinha broke the deadlock in the 20th minute, capitalizing on Aubameyang’s precise cross with a clinical left-footed shot.
- Murillo Doubles the Lead: Michael Amir Murillo extended Marseille’s lead to 2-0 four minutes later. Aubameyang’s left-sided break allowed him to deliver a pinpoint pass to Murillo, who headed home at the far post, beating Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
- Aubameyang’s Brilliance: Transforming from provider to scorer, Aubameyang netted in the 54th minute after receiving a precise back pass from Vitinha.
Despite a relatively slow start since his summer arrival, Aubameyang has experienced a resurgence of form. Following a hat trick against Ajax in the Europa League last week, he added another goal against Rennes over the weekend.
Struggles for Traditional Powerhouses
Marseille and Lyon, renowned French football clubs, have faced challenges this season. The victory propels Marseille to the eighth position in the standings, albeit 13 points adrift of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Lyon, languishing at the bottom, has managed only one win and suffered nine losses in 14 matches.