Brazil: Dimitri Payet (finally) decisive with Vasco da Gama
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Brazil: Dimitri Payet (finally) decisive with Vasco da Gama

End of the drought for Dimitri Payet in Brazilian Serie A. The former OM midfielder finally proved decisive in his new colours.

It is a sigh of relief for Dimitri Payet and Vasco da Gama. It took his seventh appearance before the new offensive recruit of the Brazilian team found the net. And in the best possible way.

Dimitri Payet carries Vasco in an unforgettable match

Dimitri Payet no longer became part of Olympique de Marseille’s future plans, and was released by the Marseille team this summer. After seven years in two stints at the club from the south of France, the native of Reunion, who was in the sights of several teams, chose the Brazilian championship. A choice made out of respect for OM when Nantes had approached him to bring him back.

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So Dimitri Payet signed with the bottom club in the Brazilian Serie A, Vasco da Gama. The former West Ham United man has signed a loan deal until June 2025 with the Brazilian club. But since then, the former Olympique de Marseille number 10 has failed to find the net.

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But last night the former French attacking midfielder (38 internationals, 08 goals) managed to be decisive. If he had delivered an assist, Payet has just opened the goalpost. In fact, Vasco da Gama extended his hospitality to Fortaleza within the framework of the 27e day in the Brazilian Serie A. On the occasion, the former Phocaean scored the only goal of the game, giving victory to his team with a fine left-footed shot at the entrance to the area that deceived João Ricardo (1-0, 58)e).

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Payet reacts to his first goal with Vasco da Gama

This narrow victory (1-0) allows Vasco da Gama to leave the red zone, with a total of 30 points and now in 16th placee place ahead of Santos (17e) and Goias (18e) with whom he has the same number of points apart from the goal difference. After his goal, Payet was replaced a few minutes later by Mateus Carvalho (76e). When he left, he received a well-deserved round of applause from the supporters present at the São Januário stadium.

After the match, Payet did not hide his joy at scoring his first goal in his new colours. “I had to find some rhythm to feel more comfortable. To score my first goal in front of this crowd is incredible.”he indicated.

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