Written by  FootballNews24 |

Andre Dede Ayew inspired Olympique Marseille to victory and urged his teammates to put up more of such brave and impressive performances if they are to realise their dream of being Ligue 1 champions again.

The Ghanaian midfielder  was ecstatic after scoring in Olympique Marseille’s 6-1 thumping of Toulouse away from home in the French top flight football league last Friday evening, their first victory since January 31.

The win saw Marseille climb  above Paris Saint-Germain into second-place in Ligue 1, reviving their chances of winning the Ligue 1 title.

Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi fired Marseille into a second minute lead with a superb long-range strike before Baptiste Aloe doubled their advantage after he converted Benjamin Mendy’s shot in the sixth minute.

Marseille eased off a little in the second period and Franco-Tunisian striker Wissam Ben Yedder  scored a consolation for Toulouse in the 77th minute, but former champions struck again with Ayew’s goal.

The Black Stars deputy captain bagged his sixth goal of the season a minute after Ben Yedder’s effort, firing low underneath Zacharie Boucher. And it would be Ayew’s departing contribution to the match and he was replaced by Florian Thauvin on 81 minutes, a performance that earned him a standing ovation from fans of both teams.

“An away win, it feels good. It was long. We hope it will be the beginning of a beautiful series. For that, you have to win next week at home to Lyon. We will be well prepared for that,” Ayew said after the game.

“There are nights like that where we have success. Let’s hope it hard. For us to continue to do the job.

“There has always been the desire by the team, even when the results were not there. It’s always been the same OM since the beginning of the season,” Ayew said.

In Germany, defender Abdul Rahman Baba  was also in jubilant mood as  his influential role helped Augsburg dent Wolfsburg’s title hopes with a 1-0 home victory in the Bundesliga last Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Augsburg took the lead through midfielder Dominik Kohr, whose goal—the only one of the contest—ultimately ended Wolfsburg’s four-match winning streak. The 1-0 defeat was the Wolves’ first loss of 2015.

It was through Baba’s effort that Augsburg earned the penalty that resulted in the goal.  He was brought down in the Wolfsburg box by centre-back Naldo, and while Tobias Werner’s spotkick was saved, Kohr was on hand to poke home the rebound.

— FootballNews24

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