Arkadiusz Milik emphatically reminded coach Jorge Sampaoli of his ability with a hat-trick as Marseille rallied from 2-0 down to beat visiting Angers 5-2 in the French league on Friday.
The win moved Marseille one point above rival Nice and into second place for the automatic Champions League spot. The imposing Milik made a big impression when joining on loan from Italian side Napoli last season with nine goals in 15 league games, but then lost his place under Sampaoli.
Before Friday’s game he had only one goal in 12 league outings, but the Poland striker took full advantage of a rare start at Stade Velodrome.
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Sampaoli was annoyed at the way his team lost at Lyon 2-1, conceding twice in the last 15 minutes, and demanded more. Instead, his side trailed 2-0 after 11 minutes as midfielders Angelo Fulgini and Nabil Bentaleb scored for Angers.
Milik pounced in the 18th when he neatly clipped the ball over the goalkeeper after being set up by midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, and Brazilian midfielder Gerson equalised in the 21st.
The second half belonged to Milik, who netted with a header in the 70th and again eight minutes later when he turned in Cengiz Under’s right-wing cross. Under completed the scoring with a neat half-volley in the 85th.
- Marseille 5 (Milik 18’, 70’, 78’, Gerson 21’, Under 85’) beat Angers 2 (Fulgini 8’, Bentaleb 11’)
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