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Bordeaux rescue act negates Fekir magic


Paris (AFP) – Bordeaux forward Malcom struck a superb stoppage-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw at 10-man Lyon on Saturday to help cancel out a sublime halfway-line lob from Nabil Fekir.

France international Fekir drilled the ball over Benoit Costil with his weaker right foot after just 10 minutes having spotted the Bordeaux goalkeeper well off his line.

Fekir has assumed extra responsibility at Lyon this season, taking over as captain following the departures of Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso and Maxime Gonalons.

It was his third goal in as many games as Lyon went in search of a third straight win to start the new French campaign following victories over Strasbourg and Rennes.

Netherlands full-back Kenny Tete marked his full debut by netting Lyon’s second on 23 minutes when he volleyed in a free-kick from fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay.

But the hosts saw Sergi Darder dismissed for a second yellow card on 36 minutes after the Spaniard caught former Lyon midfielder Jeremy Toulalan with a raised boot.

Malcom reduced the deficit shortly before half-time, rifling home from 25 yards via a wicked deflection off Mariano Diaz after the Brazilian’s initial free-kick was blocked.

Lyon withstood sustained pressure as Bordeaux twice threatened an equaliser through Danish midfielder Lukas Lerager.

Bertrand Traore then curled in a superb free-kick on 74 minutes for his first goal since arriving from Chelsea to seemingly end the visitors’ resistance.

But Lerager clawed a goal back two minutes from time with a composed finish, and Malcom hammered in his second of the afternoon with another thumping strike from distance to earn a point for Bordeaux in a dramatic finale.

Monaco shrugged off the absence of want-away star striker Kylian Mbappe on Friday as skipper Radamel Falcao’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory at Metz that saw them set a new French top-flight win record.

Leonardo Jardim’s reigning Ligue 1 champions have started the season with three wins in a row, while Monaco earned their 15th successive victory going back to February to surpass the previous mark of 14 set by Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux in 2009.

Neymar is set to make his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse on Sunday following his world record 222 million-euro move from Barcelona.

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