Lille champions snatch Metz draw as Bordeaux falters

LILLE: Ligue 1 champions Lille fought back after two late goals to snatch a final 3-3 draw at Metz at 10 in their season opener while Girondins de Bordeaux suffered a 2-0 defeat at home against top level beginners Clermont Foot on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Nice were held in check 0-0 at home by Reims, Lorient drew 1-1 at St Etienne and Angers celebrated a 2-0 victory at Strasbourg.

Sven Botman gave Lille a perfect start in Metz with a first game in the 23rd minute but the home side, roared by a fervent crowd, turned the tide at half-time with goals from Fabien Cetonze and Mathieu Udol.

Centonze made it 3-1 with a scary 52nd-minute goal as a visitors’ clearance attempt sent him back into the net before Metz sent off Kiki Kouyabe four minutes later for a reckless tackle on an opponent.

Metz looked set to hang on to a win, but Jonathan Ikone slashed the backlog with a side-footed finish in the 81st minute before Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz equalized with the last kick of the game deep in the depths. stoppage of play.

After being promoted to the top level for the first time, Clermont got off to a dream start at the top level as Mohamed Bayo gave them an 82nd-minute lead in Bordeaux and Jodel Dossou sealed their first top-level victory in additional time.

Vincent Le Goff gave Lorient the advantage in the 70th minute in St Etienne before Wahbi Kharzi equalized with a penalty in the 70th minute, while goals from Ismael Traoré and Stéphane Bahoken in the second half allowed Angers to win at Srasbourg.

At the start of the day, Lens drew 1-1 at Rennes as Sekona Fofana scored in the 19th minute to cancel a Kamaldeen Sulemana debut for the home side five minutes earlier. – Reuters

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