Accrington Stanley 2-1 Marseille: Report

Accrington Stanley 2-1 Marseille: Sean McConville and Offrande Zanzala strike in first half to cause upset

  • Sean McConville headed home from Jordan Clark’s cross to open the scoring
  • McConville then showed good trickery to win a penalty a few minutes later 
  • Offrande Zanzala sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to double his side’s lead
  • Florian Thuvain pulled one back late on but it was merely a consolation 

Accrington Stanley secured a pre-season win to remember as they beat Ligue 1 outfit Marseille on Thursday night.

The French club are on a training camp at St George’s Park and featured the likes of Dimitri Payet in their starting XI.

However, two first half strikes in quick succession proved to be enough for the Reds.

Andre Villas Boas’ side created the better chances in the opening stages, Valere Germain and Isaac Lihadji coming close.

Morgan Sanson then passed up an even better opportunity when he received the ball unmarked in the box but proceeded to rifle over.

Stanley weathered the storm and took their chance when it came, Sean McConville heading home from Jordan Clark’s cross to open the scoring.

McConville then gave the home side a golden chance to double their lead as he showed some nifty footwork to draw a foul in the area and win a penalty.

Offrande Zanzala made no mistake, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to double his side’s lead.

Chances were few and far between after the break, Florian Thuvain making a rare one count late on with a good finish.

However, it proved to be a mere cosolation as Stanley held on for a famous win.  

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