Relive Sports Mole's Ligue 1 coverage from the Stade Velodrome where Marseille host Sochaux.
By Matt Cotton, Reporter Filed: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 15:29 UK
Last Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 15:51 UK
Marseille welcomed Sochaux at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday looking for their first win since September.
Les Phoceens ended a run of six straight defeats in all competitions last weekend with a 1-1 draw at Rennes last weekend, while Sochaux had the chance to climb off the bottom of the table with a win.
In an end-to-end clash, Marseille ended their poor run of form and picked up a late victory.
Read how the match unfolded in our live commentary below.
3.31pmGood afternoon and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of Ligue 1 action where Marseille host Sochaux at the Stade Velodrome.
3.33pmThis game marks the second of three games from the French top division today, with Nantes earning a 3-0 victory at Bordeaux earlier on. We've got Saint-Etienne vs. Lyon to come later on as well.
3.34pmBut our attention for now is at the Stade Velodrome in what is a big game for these two sides. Marseille are desperate to try to keep pace with the league's high-flyers, while Sochaux just want to get off the bottom of the table.
3.35pmHowever, Marseille haven't won a match since the end of September and have one of the worst home records in the division. Manager Elie Baup is hoping that his side are beginning to turn the corner having ended a run of six straight defeats with a decent 1-1 draw at Rennes last weekend.
3.38pmMeanwhile, Sochaux have had an awful campaign so far, and sit bottom of Ligue 1 ahead of this match. They have already had a change of manager this season, with Herve Renard replacing Eric Hely. Sochaux are also without a win in Ligue 1 since September, although they did manage to get the better of Montpellier HSC in the Coupe de la Ligue.
3.39pmInterestingly enough, the last time both these sides were triumphant in Ligue 1 came on the same day - September 28. A win for Marseille today would take them up to fifth, while Sochaux can jump two places to 18th and would be just a point from safety.
3.59pmThe teams are out at the Stade Velodrome, and kick off is imminent.
4pmMarseille are in their usual home strip of all-white with light blue trim. Sochaux are sporting their all-navy strip.
1 minKICKOFF! Marseille, playing from left to right, get the match underway.
2 minJust to let you know that there was a late change to the Sochaux first XI. Emmanuel Mayuka, who is on loan from Southampton, replaces Cedric Bakambu is the starting lineup. Joachim Eickmayer is promoted to the bench.
3 minThe game is yet to settle here. Marseille's defence has seen most of the ball.
5 minGreat start for Marseille as Florian Thauvin gives the hosts the lead. It was lovely work from Mendy on the left, as he went down the flank before cutting back onto his right foot and dinking a ball into the box. Thauvin rises above the defender and heads the ball into the near corner.
8 minNearly a chance for Sochaux. Mayuka runs onto a pass down the left, before curling an inviting cross towards the far post, but none of his teammates were quick enough to the ball.
11 minCHANCE! Sochaux have their first strike on goal as Roy Contout comes inside from the right touchline and has room to shot with his left. But the effort bobbles wide of the near post.
12 minCorner whipped in by Marseille from the left which Thauvin meets at the near post, but he can't guide it on target.
13 minMayuka is played through on the left of the area and looks a good bet to score, but Diaware comes from out of nowhere and makes a brilliant sliding challenge to concede the corner. Mandanda catches as a result.
15 minIt's been a good start to the game. Both sides are getting forward, and it's pretty end to end at the moment.
17 minSochaux seem to be piling a lot of bodies forward considering that they're already a goal down. Jordan Ayew is quick on the break for Marseille.
20 minThauvin is looking lively for Marseille, he now has three goals and an assist in his last four outings. He's starting to settle following his summer move.
21 minMarseille scream for a penalty are Valbuena goes down after a shoulder to shoulder with Faussurier, but the former made far too much of that. Correct call by the referee.
23 minAn inadvertent shot from Jordan Ayew there as a headed clearance by Sochaux hits his feet on the run and forces a save from Pouplin.
25 minSAVE! Pouplin to the rescue for Sochaux as the defence falls asleep. Thauvin is picked out with a cross from the left to the far post, but Pouplin is able to match the effort from point-blank range. Ayew then fires a second shot wide.
27 minSochaux have won a free kick in a really promising position here. Just outside the box slightly to the right of centre.
28 minRoudet is the man who takes it in the end, when it looked certain for Prcic, and he forces Renard to peel away in disgust on the touchline as he curls the shot high and wide.
32 minSochaux are on top at the moment, but the Marseille defence is limiting their shots on goal.
34 minTemporary stop in play as Peybernes was down following a whack in the head from Mandanda as the two came to duel for a cross.
34 minHe is back on his feet now, and the game continues.
36 minPenalty appeals again for Marseille as Ayew goes down under pressure from Peybernes inside the box, but again the referee waves away the protests. Good earlier play down the left again by Benjamin Mendy.
39 minContout tries an outrageous overhead kick from the edge of the box, but it flies wildy over.
42 minCHANCE! He doesn't know much about it, but Roudet is gifted an effort on goal by Diawara after a cross from the left awkwardly rickashays off his knee into the path of Roudet. He snatches at the chance and hammers it into the side-netting.
44 minMayuka nearly gets a chance as he finds the ball in the penalty area, but Diawara quickly closes him down.
5.03pmSOCHAUX CHANGE Half-time change for Sochaux, Cedric Kante is on for Faussurier.
46 minKICKOFF! Sochaux get the second half underway, playing from left to right.
49 minSimilar start to this half as we had at the beginning of the match. Both teams on the attack with the half going straight back into a high tempo.
53 minStill nothing in the way of chances yet in this second half, but there has been a lot of urgency. The crowd are really into this one.
55 minNot a lot to report on, just more of the same. Kante just made a great sliding clearance as Ayew bared down on goal.
58 minCHANCE! Jordan Ayew should make it 2-0 here but he takes far too long. Zouma makes a poor error in the first place, and Ayew skips away into the penalty area. He puts it on his stronger foot, but takes an eternity to go for the shot, and his effort is blocked and out for a corner.
60 minWhat an unbelievable equaliser from Sochaux, and it's Mayuka with it. The striker, who is on loan from Southampton, has it on the right before skipping inside past two players and thumping an effort with his left foot into the far top corner. Awesome.
62 minMARSEILLE CHANGE Strange one this. Mathieu Valbuena is taken off, with Giannelli Imbula coming on.
64 minSAVE! Jordan Ayew finds space on the right of the box and fires a low shot which is pushed away by Pouplin, but no Marseille player can follow up the ball.
68 minThe match is still finely poised at this stage, Sochaux are probably just edging it at the moment. Really not playing like a team that is bottom of the league at the moment.
71 minSOCHAUX CHANGE Roudet is taken off and replaced by Nogueira.
74 minThe home fans are growing slightly impatient at the lack of attacking play from Marseille. Baup about to make a change.
75 minMARSEILLE CHANGE Baup opts to bring a striker on in the form of Khalifa, he replaces Cheyrou.
76 minPayet puts a spectacular curling effort into the top corner of the net. It was a shame that he was already ruled offside.
83 minA controversial penalty for Marseille but Gignac blasts it down the middle to restore the host's lead. Gignac's initial shot was blocked by the leg of Peybernes but then flicks off his hand. Sochaux arguably should have had a clearer penalty just before that.
88 minYELLOW CARD Lopy goes into the book for a late tackle on Khalifa.
89 minKhalifa is receiving treatment on the touchline which is delaying the restart. I'm not sure how serious this is though.
90 minInto the final minute now, not sure how much added time we'll get.