icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Young Marseille fan dribbles length of pitch to score from ceremonial kick-off (VIDEO)

Young Marseille fan dribbles length of pitch to score from ceremonial kick-off (VIDEO)
A young Marseille fan made the most of his moment in the spotlight before his team’s game at the weekend, using the ceremonial kick-off to dribble the length of the pitch and score a memorable goal in front of the home fans.

The youngster was given the honor of conducting the ceremonial kick-off – a tradition in the French Ligue 1 – ahead of the clash between Marseille and Rennes at the Stade Velodrome.

READ MORE: 43 minutes of silence: Genoa fans honor bridge collapse victims at Serie A fixture

Instead of simply passing the ball to the waiting Marseille players, he set off on a run toward the Rennes goal before calmly slotting past away ‘keeper Tomas Koubek.

The youngster then whipped his shirt off before launching into a classic knee-slide celebration, topped off with a fist-pump into the camera.

The crowd roared their approval as the youngster tucked the ball away, while the assembled line-ups for both teams stood bewildered at the show of scoring prowess.

The fan was later named as Yassin, who lost his father in a car crash 10 years ago. He had been a big Marseille fan, and Yassin's goal was in honor of his tragic death. 

Yassin may well have taken his cue from a display by an older Marseille supporter back in September.

Charity fundraiser Kamel Zaroual performed a similar stunt before the game against Toulouse, also running the length of the pitch before slotting home.    

The home team went on to draw Sunday’s game 2-2, coming from two goals down thanks to a second-half strike from Lucas Ocampos and an own goal from Ramy Bensebaini.


The result leaves Marseille in 11th in the Ligue 1 table on four points after three games played.