Marseille are currently relying on three loan players from Newcastle and Sunderland to help them see out the season and it was Florian Thauvin and Steven Fletcher who provided a rare ray of sunshine on Wednesday night.
Fletcher setting up Florian Thauvin in the 49th minute to shoot past the Sochaux keeper and send Marseille into the French Cup Final (watch the goal below).
Marseille still haven’t won a league game at home since the early weeks of the season and have a little bit of work to do to ensure they remain in the top tier.
Sochaux are Ligue 2 strugglers yet Marseille still made hard work of it, Franck Passi was put in temporary charge of Marseille for the second time in eight months after the sacking of Michel on Tuesday and was relieved to end up with the win and cup final place in this opening game of his latest spell in charge.
After scoring his goal, Florian Thauvin came to life according to the official Ligue 1 website, stating:
‘That goal gave seemed to give Thauvin an injection of confidence, and after crashing a free-kick into the Sochaux wall (63′), the former France U21 man sent a venomous effort wide from a tight angle (67′)’.
Marseille now face PSG in the Coupe de France final at the Stade de France on 21 May, where the north east trio could yet taste glory.
Whilst both Fletcher and Thauvin started the game last night, Remy Cabella appeared with 14 minutes left as a replacement for the Sunderland striker.
It would be interesting to know what the three players make of the relegation fight that is ongoing between Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich, after swapping one struggle for another at Marseille.