Lyon need late goal to draw at 9-man Caen

Lyon drew 2-2 against Caen. (AFP pic)

PARIS: Olympique Lyon continued their lacklustre start to the season when they needed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Caen, who finished with nine men, in Ligue 1 yesterday.

Lyon, third last season, took the lead with a Nabil Fekir free kick on the stroke of halftime but were pegged back by a Claudio Beauvue penalty eight minutes after the break.

Caen had Alexander Djiku sent off two minutes later for a high kick which connected with Fekir’s face but, even with 10 men, they took the lead with a Prince Oniangué header in the 73rd minute.

Ferland Mendy curled in an equaliser in the 89th minute to spare Lyon’s blushes before the hosts had Baïssama Sankoh dismissed for head-butting Rafael.

Lyon have seven points from five games and are already eight behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who have won all their matches.

“We are both very proud and very frustrated,” said Caen coach Fabien Mercadal. “We know that in football, there are things that you can control and there are things we do not control.”

Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé scored a hat-trick, including two penalties which he also won, to give Lille a 3-2 win at Amiens which kept them in second place with 10 points.

Last season’s runners-up AS Monaco drew 1-1 at Toulouse after Youri Tielemans put them ahead and Aaron Leya Iseka levelled. Third-placed Toulouse have 10 points, behind Lille on goal difference, while struggling Monaco have five.