Zungu's Amiens punish Marseille

Ligue 1

Bongani Zungu was a second-half substitute as Amiens thrashed Olympique Marseille 3-1 in Ligue 1 action on Friday evening.
Marseille were without the services of Dimitri Payet, Florian Thuavin and Kevin Strootman, while Zungu had to make do with a spot on the bench for the home side.
Amiens raced into an 11th minute lead after Haitam Alessami drilled home from inside the centre of the area following a Gael Kakuta cross. Bouna Sarr immediately looked for a quick response eight minutes later with a stern shot inside the area, but Regis Gurtner handled the threat.
Marseille hit back following the midway stage after Maxime Lopez set-up Benedetto, who made no mistake with a solid finish past Gurtner.
Serhou Guirassy restored the home side’s advantage four minutes to the half-time break with a coolly taken penalty, after the French forward was brought down in the area.
Guirassy was at it again straight from halftime with a few dangerous initiations, however Mandanda assisted by his rear-guard thwarted the dangerman. Mandanda sustained the pressure 55 minutes in with a smart save from Juan Ferney Otero’s low shot in the area following Eddy Gnahore’s pass.
Amiens introduced the evening’s first change 73 minutes in, as Fousseni Daibate ran on the pitch for Otero, while Zungu also made an entry seven minutes to the end, replacing Kakuta in the middle of the park.
Amiens made the points safe in added time when John Stiven Mendoza smashed home from Diabate’s pass following a fast-paced break attack. The win takes the hosts up to 11th spot, five places from 16th place prior as Marseille dropped down to sixth spot.