Congo star Mubele salvages draw for 10-man Rennes

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The Leopards attacker opened his account for Les Rouges et Noirs in emphatic fashion

Democratic Republic of Congo international attacker Firmin Ndombe Mubele came off the bench to net an equalizer and salvage a point for Rennes in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Olympique Lyonnais in a Ligue 1 contest..

Rennes had to play with 10 men for more than 85 minutes after Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini received a straight red card five minutes into the game for a deliberate hand-ball, but Alexander Lacazette fluffed the resultant spot-kick.

This was the 21-year-old's second red card of the season against the same opposition, having also been sent off in the same tie in December 2016. 

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Mubele, who was snatched by Les Rouges et Noirs on a permanent deal from Qatari side Al-Ahli after impressing with the Leopards at the Nations Cup in Gabon earlier this year, was brought on just before half-time but had to wait until the 82nd minute for the equaliser.

The 22-year-old controlled Mexer's long ball into the channel, shimmied past a defender and cut inside before firing a low thunderbolt from outside the box to the delight of the home fans.

Prior to his move to Rennes, Mubele spent a season and a half in Qatar, scoring 16 times in 36 matches.
 
With today’s draw, Christian Gourcuff’s men have now drawn 13 games this season, more than any other side in the French top flight.

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