Marseille give coach Sampaoli first-up win

Jorge Sampaoli has marked his first match in charge of Marseille with a 1-0 Ligue 1 home win over Rennes thanks to substitute Michael Cuisance’s late headed goal.

The midfielder had only been on for a few minutes when he rose to meet Luis Henrique’s cross from the left, and his header looped over goalkeeper Alfred Gomis in the 88th minute.

The win snapped Marseille’s four-game losing run and moved them up to sixth place, while Rennes have lost six straight games to sit 10th.

Winger Florian Thauvin went close for Marseille early in the second half when his curling shot went just past the post, and Rennes winger hit the crossbar in the 75th.

The game was rescheduled after being postponed on January 30, when angry Marseille fans stormed the training complex in a bid to pressure the club’s unpopular president to leave.

He has done so and, after former coach Andre Villas-Boas quit, the club hired former Argentina and Chile boss Sampaoli to replace him.

Rennes coach Bruno Genesio led his team for the first time after Julien Stephan’s recent resignation.

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