2014 World Cup: Ghana star Andre Ayew hits hat-trick to lift Marseille to victory over Ajaccio
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghana star Andre Ayew scored a sensational hat-trick to help Marseille to a 3-1 home victory Ajaccio in the French top-flight on Friday night.
Ayew’s heroics shows that the talented midfielder is regaining his top form going into the World Cup in Brazil in June.
Marseille went into the tie at the Stade Velodrome with a five-match winless run but they ended the streak thanks to the 24-year-old’s brilliance as he more than doubled his season’s tally by scoring thrice before expectant home fans.
Andre began his incredible night by springing the defence to latch onto a Lucas Mendes ball over the top, he was the picture of composure as he calmly lobbed the on-rushing Guillermo Ochoa with his third of the season and register the opener for Les Olympians.
The Black Stars winger definitely wanted more on the night as he was without a goal since the week 9 of the French top-flight and he tested the visitors’ keeper with a cracking drive in the 16th minute.
But he was unable to register a goal until the hour mark when he rose well to nod a Dimitir Payet pin-point cross from the right.
Gadji Tallo halved for the visitors almost immediately after Ayew’s second when he produced a cool near-post finish to burry Mehdi Mostefa’s blocked shot home in the 61st minute.
Tallo’s strike lifted the spirit of Ajaccio but Ayew dashed any further hopes of staging a comeback when he irresistibly finished off a Brice Dja Djédjé.
The Liverpool-target confidently shot the ball past the Ajaccio keeper to kill off the game with 14 minutes of regular time remaining.
Ayew’s hat-trick on Friday night mark his second career hat-trick – his first career hat-trick came in July 2011 when he got on the scoresheet thrice for Marseille in their 5-4 Super Cup victory over Lille at the Grand Stade de Tange.