Ghana forward Andre Ayew helped Olympique Marseille preserve their 100 percent start to the season with a tough 1-0 win at Valenciennes on Saturday.
An 84th minute striker by in-form Andre-Pierre Gignac secured all three points for Les Phoceens as they climbed to the summit of Ligue 1.
Gignac tapped in at close range after Andre Ayew’s powerful header off a corner kick was palmed away by goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau.
Marseille had struggled all-game long to produce a clear cut goal scoring opportunity.
Ayew however came close to scoring first earlier in the first half where his well-directed header was impressively gathered by Pennenteau.
The Ghana international was gifted with another chance minutes later as a lucky bounce fell into his path but was unable to control the bouncy ball quickly enough to convert.
Valenciennes had their moments especially in the second half but lacked the killer final ball to make their impressive moves finish well with a goal.
They were even lucky not to have been punished later on the second half when Andre Ayew was clearly tagged onto the turf on the edge of the box – the referee waved play on in that instance.
Marseille’s persistence however paid off with barely five minutes left to play when Gignac popped up at the right moment to tap in the rebounded Ayew header to win the day for Elie Baup.
Jordan Ayew got some few minutes under his belt as he was introduced in the 90th minute to help see Marseille through a nervy finish.
The win – Marseille’s third on the bounce sees them climb to the top of Ligue 1 with a perfect nine points from their three matches played.