Soccer-Payet scores twice as Marseille crush Toulouse in Ligue 1 opener
Aug 10 (Reuters) - Olympique de Marseille kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Toulouse at the Stade Velodrome on Friday, courtesy a brace from French playmaker Dimitri Payet.
After failing to test Toulouse goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet with seven attempts on goal, Marseille found the breakthrough when defender Kelvin Amian Adou was judged to have handled by ball from striker Valere Germain's header inside the box.
Referee Ruddy Buquet did not award the penalty initially, only for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to alert him that the decision needed to be reviewed on the pitch-side monitor.
Payet stepped up to slot the penalty in the bottom corner before returning from the halftime break to give his team a two-goal cushion.
Substitute Bouna Sarr made a darting run from the right wing only to smash his effort at the goalkeeper, leaving Payet to coolly curve the rebound in with his right foot.
A deft chipped pass from midfielder Morgan Sanson found Germain who added a third goal with a composed finish.
Last season's club top scorer Florian Thauvin, who only recently returned from a successful World Cup campaign with France, added gloss to the scoreline with a goal from close range after a well-directed cross from full back Jordan Amavi.
Marseille's dazzling display indicates they have the tools to challenge for the top-three places this season, having missed out on a Champions League spot by just one point last term. (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)