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Payet makes Ligue 1 return, Marseille lose

Press Association logoPress Association 3/02/2017

Dimitri Payet's Ligue 1 return ended in despair for Marseille as struggling Metz produced a shock 1-0 win at Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz.

Metz substitute Yann Jouffre provided the decisive moment of a dull contest eight minutes from time when goalkeeper Yohann Pele failed to deal with his 20-yard free-kick.

Payet left English Premier League club West Ham in a GBP25million ($A41 million) move last weekend and made his second Marseille debut as a substitute in a Coupe de France victory over Lyon on Wednesday.

The France international was again left on the bench until the 55th minute on Friday (Saturday AEDT), when he joined the action along with Marseille's top scorer Bafetimbi Gomis.

Within two minutes, Gomis had the ball in the Metz net after Payet's free-kick had been flicked on, but the on-loan Swansea striker was correctly ruled offside.

Simon Falette then diverted Payet's teasing ball onto his own crossbar before Jouffre's finish five minutes later took Metz four points clear of the relegation zone.

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