Lyon, Reims play to draw in French league

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Lyon missed a chance to pressure their French title rivals and needed an injury-time equaliser from substitute Tino Kadewere to force a 1-1 draw with Reims in the French league on Friday.

Midfielder Mathieu Cafaro put mid-table Reims ahead in the 32nd minute when he neatly volleyed in a cross from the right.

Kadewere then earned his battling side a point when he rose superbly to nod in Memphis Depay's pinpoint cross from the left.

Third-placed Lyon are level on points with second-placed Paris Saint-Germain but behind on goal difference, and two behind leaders Lille.

Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic saved well from Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta early in the second half, and Paqueta had a strong penalty claim dismissed after appearing to be tripped.

As Lyon pushed forward, Depay had a low shot saved with 20 minutes left and Rajkovic reacted well to keep out a low effort from substitute Maxwell Cornet in the 82nd.

After Depay's brilliant curling effort shaved the post in the 88th, he found his range for Kadewere's head.

Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli will take charge of his second game for Marseille when his side face Brest at home on Saturday.

Sunday's big game sees Lille visit fourth-placed Monaco, who will move into title contention with a win.

Also, defending champions PSG host Nantes days after knocking out Barcelona to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.