The Velodrome faced two historical low hours in a crucial clash in the fight for European positions. The Lyon bus was stoned when it was moved to the stadium by local fans. And the crash was interrupted for a few minutes in the second half by the smoke caused by the flares of the stands, which prevented normal visibility.
The Marseille team, which could not count on Florian Thauvin, was more successful in the first part, where the talent and difference that makes a player like Payet stood out.
A foul inside the Malian Youssouf Kone area resulted in the penalty that transformed the international attacker in the 18th minute. The goal affected the visitors, devoid of injury from their fitter player, the Dutchman Memphis Depay.
Marseille extended its lead eleven minutes later, six before intermission. A theft of Payet's ball in the midfield generated a combination with Maxime Lopez, who returned it. Dimitri Payet culminated the action with a good definition to mark the second.
In the second part, Lyon seemed to react. He had chances that Steve Mandanda broke the goal and at game time, just after the crash resumed after the interruption of the smoke, Andre Villas-Boas team shortened distances.
Moussa Dembele topped a center from the right of Burundian Bertrand Traore.
Next, Marseille stayed with one player less for the expulsion, by double yellow card, of the Spanish Alvaro Gonzalez.
The team of Rudi Garcia, who faced the team he had led in the last three seasons, maintained the type and solved the offensive led by his rival.
Marseille tied the victory and, benefiting from the trip of the Angers, assaulted the second place of the classification, eight points behind the leader, Paris Saint Germain. EFE