Good news for the USMNT and OSC Lille as Tim Weah returned from injury over the weekend in the Derby du Nord.

Marseille 2 – 0 Rennes

Konrad de la Fuente lasted 59 minutes as Marseille picked up a home win thanks to a pair of goals from Cheikh Dieng and Amine Harrit in the second half to keep Olympique in second place behind PSG.

The hosts dominated the first half of the game but just could not find the back of the net though they did come close when Matteo Guendouzi rattled the crossbar. 

The visitors looked the more likely to score right after the intermission, but it was Dieng who scored at the other end minutes later when Pol Lirola delivered the perfect cross and the Senegalese struck it hard and true right under the crossbar.

Harit made sure that there would be no comeback when he came off the bench at the hour mark, then dazzled the fans as he danced through the Rennes defense and slotted the ball between the keeper’s legs.

OM will travel to Angers on Tuesday for a clash against the fourth place team. 

Notes

Tim Weah returned from injury just in time to pick up some minutes in Lille’s derby against Racing Club Lens when he came off the bench in the 62nd minute.  The game was delayed for a while due to unruly fans but in the end, Lens picked up the home win. 

The French champions have struggled early in the season but will look to find some points midweek when they host Reims.

Nicholas Gioacchini got a half dozen minutes for Montpellier when they travelled to Troyes and came away with a valuable road point in the Champagne region.  La Paillade will get back on the field midweek when they host Bordeaux.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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