Five-star Bournemouth hammers Ligue 1 giants Marseille

Joshua King netted a first-half brace, while Adam Smith, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson were also on target as Bournemouth thumped Marseille.

Published : Aug 04, 2018 23:24 IST

Marseille suffered a chastening 5-2 friendly thrashing at Bournemouth, six days before its opening Ligue 1 game of the season.

Rudi Garcia's side fell behind after only 13 seconds at the Vitality Stadium as Adam Smith volleyed home Ryan Fraser's cross and matters scarcely improved for the Europa League runner-up from that point.

Scotland winger Fraser was the supplier once more as Joshua King doubled Bournemouth's advantage before the half-hour and the forward completed his brace by the interval with a cute, dinked finish.

Fraser slotted in a counter-attacking fourth and Callum Wilson made merry when faced with a completely ramshackle Marseille defence.

Valere Germain pulled one back in the 64th minute and a stunning long-range strike in the closing moments from Remy Cabella added a touch of respectability to the scoreline.

Garcia will still require a considerable improvement when Toulouse visit the Stade Velodrome next Friday, while Eddie Howe's Bournemouth can head into their Premier League opener against newly promoted Cardiff City with their confidence high.

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