Ayew brothers on target as Marseille beats Ajaccio


PARIS (AP) -Brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew scored second-half goals as Marseille won 2-0 at Ajaccio on Sunday to move level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league.

Andre Ayew had been one of Marseille's best players during the past two seasons, scoring 18 league goals from the wing, but his form has been patchy this campaign and it was his first in the league following a goal-mouth scramble in the 55th minute.

Jordan Ayew hit his third of the season after being set up by Mathieu Valbuena in the 88th.

Marseille had lost its past three games without scoring a goal, and was knocked out of the League Cup by PSG on Wednesday night, having won the competition three years in a row.

"We had to put an end to this run of defeats," Valbuena said. "It's never easy to win here. We weren't good in the first half, but we were a completely different team in the second half and we got our reward."

Marseille has played one match less than PSG, which lost 2-1 at home to Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

"The main thing was for us to draw level with PSG," Valbuena said. "We've seen that they're not invincible, it's good for our morale."

Toulouse is three points behind, but can move level by winning at Bordeaux later Sunday.

Valbuena has been Marseille's best player by far this season, and is pushing for a starting place in the France team. He was involved in both goals.

For the first, his cross found Morgan Amalfitano, whose shot was saved by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Midfielder Charles Kabore followed up by heading the loose ball back into the box and Andre Ayew buried it.

Then Valbuena picked out Jordan Ayew in the penalty area, and he kept his composure before picking his spot with a shot into the bottom corner.

Valbuena, who left to an ovation from Marseille's traveling support, almost made it 3-0 with a solo run and shot which forced Ochoa into a finger-tip save.

"Massive result on the road. Especially with PSG slipping up yesterday," Marseille midfielder Joey Barton said on his Twitter account. "Not easy in Corsica. Well done lads."

Barton is still serving out a 12-game suspension carried over from the last day of the Premier League season after being sent off for violent behavior against Manchester City.

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