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Lyon thankful for Tiago effort

Published: Thursday 22 September 2005, 22.21CET
French champions Olympique Lyonnais remain top of Ligue 1 despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by UEFA Cup hopefuls RC Lens on Thursday.
by Christian Châtelet
from Paris

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Published: Thursday 22 September 2005, 22.21CET

Lyon thankful for Tiago effort

French champions Olympique Lyonnais remain top of Ligue 1 despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by UEFA Cup hopefuls RC Lens on Thursday.
French champions Olympique Lyonnais remain top of Ligue 1 despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by UEFA Cup hopefuls RC Lens on Thursday.

Fine strike
The visitors gave Gérard Houllier's side an early shock as Adama Coulibaly headed Lens into a sixth-minute lead, but Lyon were back on level terms eight minutes before the break as Tiago, a summer signing from Chelsea FC, scored his first goal for the club with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Goal disallowed
Lyon thought they had taken the lead three minutes later as Benoît Pedretti's long-range strike hit the back of the Lens net, but the goal was chalked off as Florent Malouda was offside. Instead, Lyon were held to a second consecutive draw and dropped their first home points of the season.

European dates
The point sees Lens creep up from seventh to fourth in Ligue 1 ahead of the second leg of their UEFA Cup game against Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski next Thursday. Lyon are in UEFA Champions League action at Rosenborg BK the night before, but first face FC Nantes Atlantique on Sunday.

Last updated: 23/09/05 12.05CET

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