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Sunderland loanee Fletcher stars in first Marseille start

Steven Fletcher was the star of the show as Marseille progressed in the Coupe de France on Thursday night.

The Scottish striker, who is on loan from Sunderland, scored and assisted as Marseille defeated fourth division side Trelissac 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the French Cup.

Fletcher, who made his debut as a second-half sub in last weekend's Ligue 1 loss to Paris Saint Germain, produced a clever little backheel to allow Romain Alessandrini to fire home from outside the area in the 33rd minute.

Four minutes later, Fletcher was denied by the crossbar with a nice header from a corner before another header went just inches wide of the target with just under 20 minutes remaining.

In the 83rd minute, the former Wolves ace Fletcher fired wide when he had the goal at his mercy before he finally doubled OM's advantage with three minutes left of regular time.

Abdelaziz Barrada won the ball on the right flank, advanced into the area and supplied a neat cross, allowing Fletcher to slide a perfect first-time finish home.

Marseille, who had former Arsenal midfielder About Diaby on the bench, will now meet fifth division side Granville at home in early March.

Andrew Slevison
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