A late penalty against FC Metz secured a 2-2 draw for RC Lens on Saturday.
Metz pegged back
Bottom-of-the-table Metz had run into a 2-0 lead but were pegged back by the Le Championnat leaders and had to settle for a point.
Disaster for Wallemme
Lens player-coach Jean-Guy Wallemme was responsible for sending his side in trailing at the break as he put through his own net at the Félix-Bollaert stadium. Lens fell behind when Wallemme headed Frédéric Meyrieu's free-kick past team-mate Guillaume Warmuz in the 25th minute.
Lens dominated the game but could not convert any of their first-half chances. El Hadji Diouf could have put them ahead after just two minutes, and in injury time, Jacek Bak launched the ball over the bar from barely inches out.
Goal for Baticle
And they were to regret the miss eight minutes into the second half when Metz scored through Gérald Baticle. An inch-perfect cross from the right wing by Christophe Bastien found Baticle at the far post and he headed in.
Lens did hit the target in the 70th minute through Daniel Moreira. Diouf headed a cross back over to Moreira, who dived in to score. There was less than two minutes on the clock when Stéphane Pédron was brought down in the penalty box by Pascal Pierre and the referee pointed at the spot, before sending off Meyrieu for dissent. There was time left for Senegal star Diouf to beat Cameroon goalkeeper Jacques Songo'o and earn a deserved point for his team.
Bordeaux through to final
Pauleta's late penalty ensured FC Girondins de Bordeaux made the French Coupe de La Ligue final at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain FC. The Portuguese international scored with only eight minutes remaining at the Parc des Princes after Frederic Dehu brought down Christophe Dugarry.
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