Metz 3-3 Lille: Burak Yilmaz’s injury-time equaliser rescues a point for the French champions as the home side fail to hold on after Boubakar Kouyate’s red card
- Malian defender Boubakar Kouyate was dismissed whilst Metz were leading 3-1
- Sven Botman put Lille 1-0 up and Nanitamo Ikone’s late strike made it 3-2
- Metz’s other scorers were Matthieu Udol and Fabien Centonze who struck twice
Defending champions Lille needed an equalizer in the last seconds of stoppage time to secure a 3-3 draw at Metz in a thrilling French league game on Sunday.
Veteran Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz collected the ball in Lille’s counterattack, broke down the left, cut inside a defender and saw his low shot clip the goalkeeper’s leg and loop over the line in the sixth minute of added time.
Yilmaz scored several crucial goals in Lille’s title run last season and celebrated wildly in front of the visiting Lille fans, who saw their side lead 1-0 and then trail 3-1.
Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz equalised for champions Lille with the last kick of the game
Metz defender Boubakar Kouyate was shown a red card whilst the home side were 3-1 up
Under new coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, Lille followed up a 1-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions Trophy with a sloppy defensive performance that exposed new goalkeeper Leo Jardim.
But a red card for Metz defender Boubakar Kouyate in the 56th minute gave Lille a lifeline, and forward Jonathan Ikone pulled one back in the 81st.
Metz coach Frederic Antonetti took the rare measure of replacing forward Lenny Joseph only 22 minutes after bringing him on. He had lost the ball for Lille’s second goal.
Things started well for Lille when central defender Sven Botman headed in midway through the first half but right back Fabien Centonze equalized in the 31st with a firm header at the back post from Thomas Delaine’s fine cross from the left.
Left back Matthieu Udol put Metz ahead just before the break and the lively Centonze got his second in the 52nd when he pressured Botman in the penalty area, and the defender’s clearance hit Centonze’s leg and flew in.
Dutch defender Sven Botman put Lille 1-0 up at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday
Metz players celebrate after Matthieu Udol’s goal gave them a 2-1 lead in the first half
After Kouyate was shown a straight red for a lunge on Yilmaz, midfielder Benjamin Andre headed a goal back but it was ruled offside following a review.
Gourvennec has a lot of rebuilding to do.
Coach Christophe Galtier, standout goalkeeper Mike Maignan – who kept the most clean sheets last season – and impressive central midfielder Boubakary Soumare all left Lille.
Jardim took Maignan’s place in goal after his move to AC Milan.
Moments after Centonze’s goal, Jardim made an outstanding save to his left to keep out Pape Matar Sarr’s strike, but he struggled to command his area at times.
Later Sunday, Marseille was without striker Arkadiusz Milik for the match at Montpellier.
Lille players celebrate after rescuing a point after a thrilling 3-3 draw away from home
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