Payet benefits as VAR used for first time in French league


Dimitri Payet missed France’s World Cup triumph with injury

Dimitri Payet was the beneficiary as VAR was used for the first time in French football in Marseille’s opening-day win over Toulouse.

The former West Ham midfielder scored twice, including a penalty courtesy of VAR, during a comfortable Ligue 1 victory at the Orange Velodrome.

Payet, who missed France’s World Cup triumph through injury, scored from the spot on the stroke of half-time.

Referee Ruddy Buquet had initially signalled a corner off Kelvin Amian.

However, after a VAR consultation, the official awarded a penalty after deciding a header from Valere Germain had come off the arms of the Toulouse defender.

The 31-year-old then doubled the hosts’ advantage just after the hour mark, before Germain added a third in the 89th minute, and Florent Thauvin completed the scoring in injury time.

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