Paris (AFP) – Rennes, who will take part in the Champions League for the first time in their history this season, began their 2020/2021 Ligue 1 campaign with a 1-1 draw at Lille on Saturday.
Jonathan Bamba gave the hosts the lead with a fine low finish after being fed by Xeka, five minutes after Rennes were reduced to 10 men following Sacha Boey’s karate-style kick on Lille’s Reinildo.
Mozambique international Reinildo was then sent off himself two minutes before the break for a scissor challenge on the marauding Raphinha.
Rennes earned a point thanks to Damien Da Silva, who slid home Eduardo Camavinga’s flick on from a corner to level the scores with both sides down to 10.
Camavinga, 17, pledged to stay at Rennes on Friday despite reported interest from Real Madrid in the promising midfielder.
Lille meanwhile missed departed striker Victor Osimhen, who last month moved to Serie A side Napoli for a reported 81.3 million euros ($96.4m), with Bamba’s goal the home side’s only shot on target all game.
Earlier Angers began their campaign on the right foot with a 1-0 win at Dijon earned thanks to Ismael Traore’s first half strike.
Ivorian Traore scored the decisive goal after 21 minutes at the Stade Gaston Gerard when he collected Sada Thioub’s shot after it ricocheted out off the post, and slotted home a calm finish which gave the away side all three points.
“I am obviously happy with the result, but also the way we dominated the match. Dijon never really troubled us,” said Angers coach Stephane Moulin.
A bad day for Dijon was made worse by defender Ngonda Muzinga pickin up a thigh injury in the first half, adding to their growing list of absentees.
The opening weekend of the new Ligue 1 season is missing some of its biggest names after Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon went deep in the ‘Final Eight’ Champions League tournament in Lisbon.
A rash of coronavirus cases at Marseille led to their match with Saint-Etienne being postponed.
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
- Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
- Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
- Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
- MLS Earthquakes name US assistant Gonzalez as coach
- What it’s like watching the Premier League from Hawaii
- Ineos billionaire Ratcliffe ‘potential buyer’ of Man Utd
- Mendy rape accuser tells UK court she tried to fight off footballer
- Man Utd legend Giggs cites disciplinary record in assault trial
- Christian Pulisic’s ominous, but necessary, move to Man United
- Sevilla sign youngster Nianzou from Bayern
- Ronaldo cautioned by police after allegedly slapping phone from fan’s hand
- PSG defender Kehrer joins West Ham
- Dubai airport gears up to handle World Cup supporters