Cuisance strikes for Marseille to give Sampaoli winning start against Rennes

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique de Marseille v Stade Rennes - Orange Velodrome, Marseille, France - March 10, 2021 Olympique de Marseille's Michael Cuisance celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) - Michael Cuisance struck late to give Olympique de Marseille a 1-0 home win against Stade Rennais in coach Jorge Sampaoli's first game in charge in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Cuisance headed home with two minutes remaining to earn Marseille their second win in their last 12 league games, three days after they were knocked out of the French Cup by amateurs Canet en Roussillon.

The win lifted OM up to sixth on 42 points from 28 games, 20 behind leaders Lille.

The game, initially scheduled on Jan. 30, was postponed after OM fans broke into the team's training centre hours before kickoff.

Since then, president Jacques-Henri Eyraud was sacked by owner Frank McCourt and coach Andre Villas-Boas, who was suspended after offering to resign, was replaced by Sampaoli.

The Argentine sat on the bench for the first time on Wednesday, 12 days after being named, after going through a quarantine period due to French government measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Rennes also had a new coach on the bench as Bruno Genesio led the Brittany side for the first time since replacing Julien Stephan, who resigned earlier this month.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)

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