Accrington Stanley Leave Marseille Wondering 'Who Are They?' After Stunning Pre-Season Win

Dimitri Payet and Co were left stunned as Accrington Stanley beat Marseille in a bizarre friendly in Salford.

Accy's faced the nine-time French champions at Salford Red Devils' AJ Bell Stadium, which usually hosts rugby league contests.

Marseille are in town for a training camp at St George's Park and expected a gentle run-out and to bag a few goals against the League One side.

They fielded a strong team including Luiz Gustavo and Valere Germain, not to mention former Premier League stars Payet and Florian Thauvin.

Payet started in attack for André Villas-Boas's side but he failed to influence the game with the hosts taking a surprise lead through Sean McConville.

Offrande Zanzala then doubled their lead from the spot in the 37th minute.

Thauvin, who played a season for Newcastle United, reduced the deficit late on but Stanley held on for a memorable win.

So, it appears that Stanley were the cause of Twitter crashing last night.

Naturally, Stanley's victory was the talk of social media. Here's some reaction from Twitter:

Accrington Stanley, who are they?! A team that beat Marseille, that's who.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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