Lille salvage draw against Reims to go second in Ligue 1


An injury-time goal from Nicolas Pepe salvaged a 1-1 home draw for Lille against Reims which moved move them to second in Ligue 1.

Only four of the 10 matches scheduled for this weekend took place, with the other six postponed due to protests against increases in fuel tax and rising living costs.

The match between league leaders Paris Saint-Germain and third-place Montpellier was one of the casualties, as was the south-coast derby between Monaco and Nice.

That opened the way for second-place Lille to put some distance between themselves and the teams behind them but it took a penalty from Pepe, his sixth from the spot this season, to get them a point.

Remi Oudin put the visitors ahead 19 minutes into the second half when he scored from close range after good work by Alaixys Romao on the left.

But Pepe got his 11th goal of the season deep into injury-time to level the score.

It was a cruel blow to Reims, who had hardly put a foot wrong against the higher-placed club.

In the day's only other game, visitors Caen trailed Strasbourg twice but came back both times to secure a 2-2 draw.

The result lifted Strasbourg into eighth, while Caen, who have not won in 10 league games, moved a point clear of second-from-bottom club Monaco, who have a game in hand.

The previous day Rennes beat Dijon 2-0 and last-placed Guingamp lost 2-1 at home to Amiens. Both games played were held in the Brittany region.

Source AAP