After being eliminated from the Champions League midweek, Lyon were unable to gain ground on leaders Lille as they were held to a draw..
Rennes snatched a dramatic late equaliser to hold Olympique Lyonnais to a 1-1 draw at Stade Gerland on Saturday evening.
Bafetimbi Gomis had put the hosts ahead after he directed the ball into the net from a Lisandro Lopez pass in the first half. Victor Montano was sent off midway through the second period after an incident with Dejan Lovren, but Les Rouge et Noir stole a late equaliser after Kevin Theophile-Catherine turned in a header after some poor defending by Lyon.
It was the visitors who sprinted out of the starting blocks as Stephane Dalmat saw his effort fly wide a minute into the game. Soon afterwards, Abdoul Camara was found to be marginally offside after he went a bit too early in chasing Leroy’s through ball.
Les Gones found their feet after that scare, and their first attempt on goal came in the 10th minute when a long goal kick from Hugo Lloris found Gomis, but the French international could only watch as his effort went wide of the goal.
Jimmy Briand then had a chance but his header was easily dealt with by Nicolas Douchez. The Rouge et Noir goalkeeper couldn’t keep out the opener though which arrived in the 37th minute when Lisandro Lopez took on a shot on the edge of the area which was directed into the path of Gomis who then turned the ball into the net.
The home side could have gone further ahead when Lisandro surged through the Rennes defence before stalling on the ball, but Gomis couldn’t take advantage as Romain Danze cleared the danger to cap off a frustrating first half for Frederic Antonetti’s side.
After the interval, les Gones had plenty of chances which came and went in quick succession. First, Lovren headed wide from a Miralem Pjanic corner, and then Gomis missed from a few yards out after Aly Cissokho’s cross.
Rennes were almost gifted a goal ten minutes after the break when a backpass from Lovren to Lloris wasn’t dealt with properly and the ball hurtled towards the line before being cleared by the French No 1.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Victor Montano was shown a red-card by referee Antony Gautier after the striker was involved in a scuffle with Lovren after being felled by the Croatian. The 10-men of Rennes didn’t offer any considerable attacking threat after Montano’s expulsion.
The equaliser came in the 87th minute when John Verhoek flicked the ball across the six yard box before Kevin Theophile-Catherine headed in to silence the Stade Gerland faithful. Les Gones tried to snatch a dramatic winner, but Alexandre Lacazette directed his effort wide as Rennes held out for a draw, whilst the home side left the field to a chorus of boos after the latest title setback.
The result leaves Rennes in second spot, five points behind leaders Lille who beat Brest 2-1 earlier on Saturday. Lyon are third, a further point behind but both could be overtaken if Marseille prevail in the Derby De France tomorrow evening.