Joey Barton key as Marseille beat Brest 2-1
PARIS (AFP) - Joey Barton was at the centre of both goals as Marseille bounced back from their crushing midweek defeat to Lyon by clinching a 2-1 win at Brest on Sunday.
Elie Baup's men, swept aside 4-1 by Lyon on Wednesday, were back in business inflicting a first home loss of the season on Brest to move up two places into second on 29 points, two behind their midweek tormentors.
Souleymane Diawara put Marseille into a 34th minute lead. Set up by Barton, the Senegal defender, largely absent in Wednesday's game, broke the deadlock when firing the ball under the crossbar from the edge of the box.
Brest were back on level terms three minutes from the break, with close season signing Dutch striker Charlison Benschop wrong footing Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda off a corner. The second half was 11 minutes old when Marseille regained the advantage.