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By ESPN Staff

Payet brace as Marseille beat Guingamp

Marseille made the perfect start to their Ligue 1 title challenge with an entertaining 3-1 win over newcomers Guingamp at the Stade du Roudourou.

Dimitri Payet scores one of his two goals in Marseille's 3-1 win at Guingamp on Sunday
Dimitri Payet scores one of his two goals in Marseille's 3-1 win at Guingamp on Sunday

- Sat: Lyon hit four

In a frenetic opening 15 minutes, the visitors found themselves three goals to the good thanks to an Andre-Pierre Gignac strike and new signing Dimitri Payet's brace.

Guingamp managed to pull a goal back through Mustapha Yatabare in the final quarter of the match but it was a case of too little, too late, with the same player having earlier missed a penalty.

No sooner had the home fans taken their seats they found their side a goal behind when Andre Ayew's shot was spilled by Guingamp goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa and Gignac was on hand to apply the finish.

With the bit between their teeth, OM continued to press and doubled their early lead in a matter of minutes. Ayew's seemingly tame cross was watched by the stationary home defence and Payet was on hand to tap home for his first goal for the club. The former Lille winger's dream debut continued when he extended Marseille's lead still further just after the quarter-hour mark and there was no way back for the hosts.

Fabrizio Ravanelli's first competitive game in charge at Ajaccio ended in defeat as St Etienne ran out 1-0 winners at the Stade Francois Coty.

Brandao's first half strike in the searing Corsican sunshine was enough to secure all three points for Les Verts as the hosts struggled to offer a response and finished the game with 10 men.

St Etienne made the breakthrough thanks to good work from Romain Hamouma as the 26-year-old winger showed great
control before squaring for Brandao to tap home.

Having already been booked in the first half, Benjamin Andre showed naivety with a silly challenge from behind on Benjamin Corgnet and the hosts were forced to see out the few remaining minutes a man down.

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