Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew inspired a late Olympique Marseille comeback by scoring in their 3-2 defeat at Valenciennes on Saturday night as their miserable Ligue 1 title defence continued.
Marseille fell behind 3-0 on 62 minutes but the 20-year-old earned a penalty in the 82nd minute which was converted by Taye Taiwo before scoring a personal goal three minutes later.
Gael Danic put Valenciennes ahead with a close-range shot in the 47th minute.
Gregory Pujol doubled the lead in the 53rd, powering a header that looped over Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, and made it 3-0 in the 62nd after some fine work by Gaetan Bong on the left flank.
Andre was put through the box and dribbled past the goalkeeper who brought him down for an obvious spot kick.
Taiwo converted expertly with eight minutes left on the clock.
Andre Ayew got his name on the score sheet in the 85th minute when his goal-bound shot was deflected into the box to revive hope but Marseille could not find the equalizer in the last minutes.
Ayew lasted the entire duration of the game and his younger brother Jordan replaced Fenerbahce-bound Mamadou Niang in the 57th minute.
Marseille lost 1-2 at home to Caen last week in their French Ligue 1 opener.