Mon. Feb 18th, 2019

Mario Balotelli leads fightback as Marseille come from behind to rise to fifth with win over Dijon 


Mario Balotelli leads fightback as Marseille come from behind to rise to fifth with win over Dijon

  • Marseille boosted their league position after a comeback victory against Dijon
  • Goals from Mario Balotelli and Lucas Ocampos turned the game around for them
  • Dijon raced into an 18th-minute lead when Jordan Marie pounced on an error 

Press Association Sport Staff

Marseille came from behind as they boosted their European hopes with a 2-1 win away to Dijon.

The hosts had taken an 18th-minute lead when Jordan Marie took advantage of some horrible goalkeeping from Steve Mandanda.

But second-half goals from Mario Balotelli and Lucas Ocampos turned the game around to send Marseille up to fifth before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Mario Balotelli played a starring role as he helped Marseille come from behind to beat Dijon

Team-mate Lucas Ocampos got the other goal as Marseille turned the match on its head

Team-mate Lucas Ocampos got the other goal as Marseille turned the match on its head

Dijon midfielder Jordan Marie opened the scoring after a goalkeeping error from Marseille

Dijon midfielder Jordan Marie opened the scoring after a goalkeeping error from Marseille

There was a ferocious atmosphere in the stands as Marseille fans held flares and banners

There was a ferocious atmosphere in the stands as Marseille fans held flares and banners

After Balotelli sent a decent early chance wide, Dijon stunned the visitors when Mandanda failed to hold a long-range effort from Fouad Chafik and Marie was on hand to tuck home the rebound.

The tide turned after the break though, with Balotelli levelling in somewhat ugly fashion as he scuffed a shot after Florian Thauvin flicked on a corner, giving the Italian his second goal for the club.

And it was 2-1 to Marseille with 17 minutes left as Ocampos scored a fine goal.

Played in down the left channel, he used one touch to cut inside and immediately wrong-foot two defenders before bending a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.

Balotelli was involved in the thick of the action for Marseille throughout before he scored

Balotelli was involved in the thick of the action for Marseille throughout before he scored

Victory was crucial for Marseille as they boosted their chances of securing European football

Victory was crucial for Marseille as they boosted their chances of securing European football

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