Rafael helps Lyon to 1-1 draw with Monaco in French league

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 17, 2015 09:19 AM
Rafael helps Lyon to 1-1 draw with Monaco in French league
Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, left, challenges for the ball with Monaco's Mario Pasalic during their French League One soccer match, in Monaco stadium, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

MONACO (AP) — Rafael scored a late equalizer to give Lyon a 1-1 draw against 10-man Monaco on Friday in the French league.

Mario Pasalic headed the hosts ahead in the 39th minute off a corner from Thomas Lemar before former Manchester United defender Rafael scored his first goal for Lyon with six minutes left.

Chasing its first league home win this season, Monaco dropped to 10 men in the 65th when its 21-year-old Brazilian defender Wallace was sent off with a straight red for his challenge on Lyon substitute Rachid Ghezzal.

Lyon is provisionally fifth with 16 points from 10 matches — two points ahead of mid-table Monaco.

Earlier Friday, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria was left out of the squad for Saturday's French league game at Bastia.

The three-time defending champions did not give any reason for Di Maria's absence.

PSG has a five-point lead over second-place Angers.

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