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Ayew brothers power Marseille into first place in France

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 Source: Ghanasoccernet

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Ghanaian brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew scored all the goals as champions Marseille beat Nice 4-2 to push Lille off the top of of the French Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Andre Ayew bagged his first professional hat-trick while younger brother Jordan scored the other goal in their 4-2 win over Nice.

Didier Deschamps’s side, who retained their League Cup title last Saturday, have 61 points to Lille’s 60 after the northern side were held to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Lille had been top of the table since December.

With six games left, Olympique Lyon stayed in the title race after a last-gap Yoann Gourcuff goal earned them a 3-2 home win against Montpellier.

The seven-times French champions are in third place, five points off the pace.

At Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, the hosts went in front after 30 minutes when Nice keeper David Ospina released a routine cross in the path of Andre Ayew, who fired home from five yards.

The visitors reacted three minutes from the break, with Abdou Traore benefiting from a scramble in front of the goal to level from close range.

Ayew was on target again on the hour to latch onto a cross from his younger brother Jordan, who had just come off the bench, and double the tally.

Jordan was then on the receiving end of Rod Fanni’s pass to make it three with a delicate curled shot in the 78th minute.

After Habib Bamogo missed a penalty for Nice in the 85th minute, Andre Ayew put the result beyond doubt with a header from a perfectly weighted cross by Fanni.

Former Marseille defender Renato Civelli headed home to reduce the arrears in stoppage time.

Source: Ghanasoccernet