Football: Cuisance strikes in Marseille to give Sampaoli a winning start against Rennes

PARIS (Reuters) – Michael Cuisance struck late to give Olympique de Marseille a 1-0 home victory over Stade Rennais in coach Jorge Sampaoli’s Ligue 1 opener on Wednesday.

Cuisance returned home two minutes from time to claim his second victory in Marseille’s last 12 league games, three days after being eliminated from the Coupe de France by fans of Canet en Roussillon.

This victory brought OM to sixth place with 42 points in 28 matches, 20 behind the Lille leader.

The match, originally scheduled for January 30, was postponed after OM supporters broke into the team’s training center hours before kick-off.

President Jacques-Henri Eyraud has since been sacked by owner Frank McCourt and coach André Villas-Boas, suspended after offering to resign, has been replaced by Sampaoli.

The Argentine sat on the bench for the first time on Wednesday, 12 days after being appointed, after going through a period of quarantine due to French government measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Rennes also had a new coach on the bench as Bruno Genesio led the Breton side for the first time since replacing Julien Stephan, who resigned earlier this month.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)

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