A hat-trick from Arkadiusz Milik propels Marseille second in Ligue 1 | Soccer News

MARSEILLE: Arkadiusz Milik scored a hat-trick as Marseille overcame a nightmarish start to beat Angers 5-2 at the Stade Vélodrome on Friday and take second place in the Ligue 1 table.
Jorge Sampaoli’s men, looking to bounce back from a 2-1 midweek loss to rivals Lyon, found themselves two goals down in 11 minutes.

But the hosts dragged themselves level and then scored three times in 15 second-half minutes to wrap up an ultimately comfortable victory.
“They took us by surprise in the first ten minutes, but my team rewrote history,” Sampaoli said.
“When Arek (Milik) is fit, we really punch. And he’s shown he’s fit regardless of the system.”

Marseille are now a point clear of third-placed Nice, who host Clermont on Sunday, as the race to the top three and Champions League qualification intensifies.
OM are now eight points ahead of Strasbourg, fourth.

Angelo Fulgini put Angers ahead eight minutes after stealing the ball from Gerson in his own box, before turning provider shortly afterwards for former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to give the visitors a seemingly total control.
But Polish striker Milik pulled one back for Marseille in the 18th minute after great work from Matteo Guendouzi.

Brazilian midfielder Gerson made up for his earlier error with a long-range strike to equalize before the game had even reached the middle of the first half.
Marseille dominated possession but struggled to create many more clean chances until a flurry of goals secured the three points.
Milik put them ahead for the first time 20 minutes from time and completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute.
It was the former Napoli striker’s second hat-trick against Angers, repeating the feat he achieved in a 3-2 win last May.

He has only scored five league goals so far this season.
Substitute Cengiz Under added more shine to the scoreline with five minutes remaining as Marseille moved within 10 points of runaway league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG will face defending champions Lille on Sunday.

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