Apr 4, 2014 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stade Velodrome
Ayew (4', 60', 77')
Morel (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Tallo (62')

Result: Andre Ayew treble inspires Marseille victory

Andre Ayew scores a hat-trick as Marseille end a five-match winless run in Ligue 1 by beating rock-bottom Ajaccio 3-1 at the Stade Velodrome.

Andre Ayew scored a hat-trick as Marseille ended a five-game winless Ligue 1 run with a 3-1 victory over rock-bottom Ajaccio at the Stade Velodrome tonight.

Marseille's Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew reacts after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Marseille vs Ajaccio at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southern France, on April 4, 2014© Getty Images

The French international netted after only four minutes and added to his tally on the hour mark.

Ajaccio gave Marseille a brief scare when they pulled a goal back almost immediately, but Ayew restored his side's two-goal cushion to condemn the visitors to another defeat on their way to relegation.

In the home team's first attack, Lucas Mendes rolled in Ayew on the left edge of the box and the Les Bleus winger powered a shot through Ajaccio keeper Guillermo Ochoa at the near post.

Andre Pierre-Gignac twice squandered opportunities provided to him by Dimitri Payet as Marseille failed to make their first-half dominance pay with another goal before the break.

The striker sliced wide from close range, and then headed off target after a 30th-minute cross from Payet, who, along with Saber Khelifa, tested Ochoa in a one-sided opening 45 minutes.

Marseille got the second goal which their superiority warranted when Payet crossed for Ayew to head home on the hour mark, but Ajaccio replied only two minutes later through Junior Tallo.

Benoit Pedretti's through-ball was collected by Tallo, who thumped beyond Steve Mandanda from 10 yards. It was only their second shot on target, although Sigamary Diarra had earlier hit the post.

However, Marseille did well to stall the momentum that the goal gave Ajaccio by keeping things quiet for 15 minutes, before putting the result beyond doubt courtesy of Ayew completing his treble.

From a 77th-minute set piece, Brice Dja Djedje crossed the second ball for Ayew to poke home from close range, to secure the hosts three points which see them move level with fifth-place Lyon.

Ajaccio remain rooted to the foot of the table, 15 points adrift of safety with only six games remaining.

Andre Ayew of Olympique Marseille in action during the pre-season friendly match between FC Porto and Olympique Marseille at Estadio Tourbillon on July 13, 2013
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