PARIS (AP) — Winger Florian Thauvin scored a fine goal and set up another as Marseille beat Bordeaux 3-1 at home to move up to fifth place in the French league on Saturday.
Hatem Ben Arfa made his debut for midtable Bordeaux, the ninth club of the former France winger’s topsy-turvy career. The 33-year-old played two full seasons for Marseille after joining from Lyon in 2008, when he was considered one of the best young talents in European soccer.
While Ben Arfa made little impact for his new side, Thauvin gave Marseille the lead in the fifth minute with a superb curling shot from 25 meters (yards) out which lodged in the top left corner.
Thauvin could have made it 2-0 just 10 minutes later, but Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoit Costil saved his tame penalty, and Costil then saved another curling strike from the France international.