The problems began in the first minute when Ayew, who scored against the USA at the World Cup, collided with Montpellier keeper Geoffrey Jourdren, suffering a head wound. He not only needed to have his head bandaged in order to continue, he needed to change his bloody shirt.
Ayew's wound reopened early in the second half, so the equipment staff pulled out another jersey -- but with a different number. Since he began playing the game as No. 10, he'd have to finish wearing No. 10. The equipment staff tried unsuccessfully to sew a No. 10 on a No. 33 jersey, forcing Bielsa, the former Argentina and Chile national team coach, to bring on Dimitri Payet for Ayew in the 52nd minute.
That prompted the question, wasn't anyone in the crowd of 50,774 wearing a Ayew replica jersey they could give him?