Ghana forward Andre Ayew signed off for international duty on a sour note as Olympique Marseille were handed their first defeat of the season at home by Monaco on Sunday.
The Black Stars player was in full time action for Les Phoceens for the fourth consecutive game but was unable to help the side preserve their 100 percent start to the season with a 2-1 loss.
Marseille however started the game on a much brighter note and were duly rewarded for their efforts a minute away from halftime with a Lucas Mendes goal.
Elie Baup’s men however surrendered their lead to an equalizer from the deadly Radamel Falcao just three minutes after recess.
The Stade Velodrome faithfuls were finally silenced late in the game as Emmanuel Riviere popped up to score Monaco’s second in the 80th minute – a goal that eventually proved to be the match winner.
The win now see Monaco take charge of Ligue 1 on 10 points – overtaking Marseille who have now seen their enviable 100 percent start to the season shattered.
Ayew will now be travelling to Ghana to join the Black Stars camp ahead of Friday’s deciding 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
He is making a return to the Black Stars team since being left out of the Ghana squad for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.
Meanwhile, his younger brother Jordan came on the 88th minute to replace Matheiu Valbuena.