Lique 1: fans attack players with bottle as Marseille beats Montpelier


Marseille came back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Montpellier in their French Ligue 1 opener on Sunday but the game was held up when fans pelted the pitch with bottles.

The clash at the Stade Mosson was halted in the 89th minute after Marseille substitute Valentin Rongier had been hit on the head with a bottle.

Montpellier’s Florent Mollet was also targeted as he readied to take a corner.

Referee Jeremie Pignard led both teams off the pitch while appeals were made for calm.

The game was eventually restarted after a delay of 10 minutes.

The derby was played in front of 13,500 fans as the first weekend of the new season witnessed the return of spectators after seven months of matches played behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

An own-goal by Luan Perez and a strike by Gaetan Laborde had given Montpellier a 2-0 lead at

But Cengiz Under pulled one back for Marseille in the 67th minute before two goals in five minutes by Dimitri Payet completed the recovery.

Earlier, Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz was hailed “a true leader” after forcing home a last-gasp goal as Lille fought back to a 3-3 draw at Metz ase the French champions opened their title defence.

The surprise champions, who also beat Paris Saint-Germain in the French Super Cup last week, were trailing 3-1 before late goals from Nanitamo Ikone and Turkish national team captain Yilmaz gave them a hard earned away point.

It was a cautionary tale for Metz who foolishly gave the ball away with a shot on goal deep into injury time.

Yilmaz then rampaged the full length of the pitch with the seconds running down to dribble into the area from the left wing and squeeze a shot home from a tight angle.

“That is a true leader,” Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec said of Yilmaz.

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