French Ligue 1 leaders Lyon shared the points for the third match in succession after fighting back to earn a 1-1 league draw at Lorient on Sunday.
A deflected strike from Lyon’s forward Clinton N’Jie with 13 minutes remaining at Stade du Moustoir cancelled out the hosts’ striker Jordan Ayew’s second-half opener.
The result – the third straight draw between the two teams at Lorient – left Lyon two points clear of Marseille and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain after 25 French top flight matches this season.
Lyon came into the fixture on the back of consecutive draws against Monaco and PSG, but Hubert Fournier’s men were expected to see off the challenge of Lorient, who are just two points above the drop zone.
However, Lorient had other ideas as Ayew put Les Merlus ahead on the 50th minute, just minutes after his introduction in the second period of the game, replacing midfielder Rafidine Abdullah at the interval, as the Ghana international tapped home the opener from striker Benjamin Jeannot’s cross.
Lyon went in search of an equaliser and were rewarded in the 77th minute, with N’Jie firing the ball underneath opposition goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, who was unable to keep it out.