Thauvin guides Marseille to Bordeaux victory ahead of Champions League return

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Florian Thauvin’s miracle first strike helped Marseille secure their first home win of the season, beating Bordeaux 3-1 on Saturday before returning to the Champions League next week.

Thauvin’s effort was followed by Jordan Amavi’s first goal since last December, an own goal by Pablo and late consolation from Josh Maja.

The hosts sit fifth in the table before heading to Olympiakos in Europe on Wednesday, their first appearance in the top-level competition since 2014.

Central midfielder Michael Cuisance made his debut through coach Andre Villas-Boas after being loaned out by Bayern Munich on the transfer deadline day.

Playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa bowed for the visitors on his return to the club where he won the league title in 2010.

Thauvin opened the scoring after five minutes with a superb left-footed curling effort from outside the box.

He was lucky enough to double the lead seven minutes later, but opposing goalkeeper Benoit Costil saved the World Cup winner’s penalty after Amavi’s foul.

Ben Arfa thought he had equalized on an almost empty velodrome, but the linesman raised his flag for offside just after quarter of an hour.

Amavi stretched the advantage nine minutes after the break as his looped header beat Costil’s back.

The former Aston Villa left-back then created the third with 25 minutes remaining as his shot was deflected past Costil by Pablo’s attempt to block.

Nigerian striker Maja reduced the deficit with seven minutes to go for his second goal of the season, but Villas-Boas’ men held on to move three points away from top Paris Saint-Germain .

The highlight of the matches on Sunday is the northern derby as host Lille, third, promoted Lens to fourth place.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice in PSG’s 4-0 win at Nimes on Friday.

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