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Football: Marseille go joint top with Lyon after Gignac strike

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French international Andre-Pierre Gignac inspired Marseille to their second straight win, a 2-0 defeat of Evian which lifted Elie Baup's side into a tie with Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Gignac put last season's runners-up on track after just 16 minutes when he turned his defender inside out before firing home a low left foot shot inside the bottom corner at the Velodrome.

Evian limited the damage to a 1-0 deficit at half-time but almost gave away a penalty on 62 minutes when a clear foul by Olivier Sorin on Ghana forward Andre Ayew went unpunished by the referee.

The home side then made the points safe with 23 minutes remaining after international winger Mathieu Valbuena saw his right foot volley parried into the path of Dimitri Payet who shook off his marker before smashing home.

"The numbers speak for themselves," said a delighted Baup. "We've got six points, scored five and conceded one so we've got our season off to a very good start.

"Psychologically, it should help us to work harder but we should have scored more goals. It was a difficult week with a lot of players on international duty and an early start today in very hot conditions." he added.

Marseille, who won their opening match with a 3-1 victory over Guingamp last weekend, move level on points with Lyon who have also taken maximum points from their opening two matches.

Lyon lead on goal difference.

Payet took his goal tally to three for the season and is the early front runner at the top of the scoring charts along with Lyon's 22-year-old youngster Alexandre Lacazette.

There are five other matches slated for Saturday while champions Paris Saint-Germain host Ajaccio on Sunday and Monaco have their home opener against Montpellier.

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