Benedetto finally nets in Marseille win

Marseille's Dario Benedetto finally hit the target for Marseille as they moved third in Ligue 1.
Marseille's Dario Benedetto finally hit the target for Marseille as they moved third in Ligue 1.

Marseille found their scoring touch and struggling striker Dario Benedetto finally landed his first goal of the season as they beat Nantes 3-1 at home in the France's Ligue 1.

Argentine Benedetto made it 3-0 from the penalty spot with an hour played, after goals from Florian Thauvin in the first minute, with an acrobatic lob, and playmaker Dimitri Payet, with an assured finish in the 34th, put Marseille in control.

Thauvin's 72nd league goal of his Marseille career took him one past Mamadou Niang on the club's list.

Midfielder Ludovic Blas pulled one back for the visitors at Stade Velodrome in the 72nd.

The win moved Marseille up to third place and it was a welcome boost after their midweek defeat in the Champions League.

The home loss to Porto on Wednesday was Marseille's 13th straight defeat in the competition, setting a very unwanted record.

Australian Associated Press