Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne end 41-year wait with away victory against depleted Marseille

Only around 1,000 spectators were present at the Stade Velodrome due to coronavirus restrictions.

Agence France-Presse September 18, 2020 09:43:19 IST
Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne end 41-year wait with away victory against depleted Marseille

Saint-Etienne's Denis Bouanga celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Marseille. AP

Marseille: Saint-Etienne claimed their first win at Marseille since 1979 with a 2-0 Ligue 1 victory on Thursday as Romain Hamouma and Denis Bouanga scored against the depleted hosts.

It was a blow for Andre Villas-Boas' side whose victory against bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend took its toll, as forward Dario Benedetto and left-back Jordan Amavi were suspended after being sent off in a brawl at the end of the bad-tempered match in the capital.

Defender Alvaro Gonzalez, at the centre of allegations that he racially abused PSG's Neymar on Sunday, did start.

Only around 1,000 spectators were present at the Stade Velodrome due to coronavirus restrictions.

Les Verts move to the top of the table with the three points as Claude Puel's men remain unbeaten this season.

Veteran winger Hamouma broke the deadlock after six minutes, sidefooting home from Yvann Macon's low cross.

The home side's best chances to score fell 10 minutes into the second half as 19-year-old Nathan Ake hit the crossbar and midfielder Morgan Sanson dribbled his effort past the post less than 60 seconds later.

Gabon international left-winger Bouanga doubled his side's lead to end the 41-year wait by firing past Steve Mandanda with 11 minutes to play.

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