Rafael earns Lyon a point at 10-man Monaco

Published 10/17/2015, 2:48 AM EDT
Lyon’s Rafael Da Silva (C) celebrates after scoring against Monaco during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Louis II stadium in Monaco, October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


(Reuters) – A late equaliser by Rafael earned Olympique Lyonnais a 1-1 draw at AS Monaco in Friday’s Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Louis II.

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The former Manchester United right back found himself perfectly positioned in the 84th minute when Lyon substitute Rachid Ghezzal’s inadvertent touch left the Brazilian to sweep a right-footed shot past Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic.

Monaco’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (L) saves a shot by Lyon’s Mathieu Valbuena during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Louis II stadium in Monaco, October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Monaco had led through Mario Pasalic’s 39th minute header from a corner but were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when defender Wallace was red carded for a mistimed tackle on Ghezzal that sparked a brief skirmish.

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The point lifted Lyon into fifth place with 16 points, above St Etienne on goal difference, two more than Monaco who remain in mid-table and are yet to win at home this season.

Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette (R) fails to score against Monaco’s goalkeeper Danijel Subasic during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Louis II stadium in Monaco, October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Unbeaten leaders Paris St Germain visit Bastia on Saturday while second-placed Angers are at Toulouse.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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