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23 August 2020 06:35

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Ligue 1: Lille and Rennes players see red in opening draw

Rennes captain Damien Da Silva scored late to earn his side a 1-1 draw at Lille on Saturday in a French league game where both teams finished with 10 men. After Rennes defender Sacha Boey was sent off in the 35th minute for raising a foot near left back Reinildo's head, Lille took the lead five minutes later through forward Jonathan Bamba's low shot. But moments later Reinildo was also red-carded for a crude late tackle and center half Da Silva slid in his side's equalizer from close range in the 74th. In Saturday's other game, Angers won 1-0 at Dijon, with center half Ismal Traor netting from close range midway through the first half. Among Sunday's four games Monaco hosts Reims and coach Patrick Vieira's Nice side takes on promoted Lens.

In Friday's season-opener, Nantes drew 0-0 at Bordeaux, a match which replaced Marseille's game against Saint-Etienne. PSG takes on Bayern Munich in Sundays final in Lisbon while Lyon lost in the semifinals to Bayern. Lille was held to a 1-1 home draw by Stade Rennais as both teams finished with 10 men in their first game of the Ligue 1 season on Saturday. The host went ahead in the first half thanks to Jonathan Bamba's strike after Rennes defender Sacha Boey's red card. Lille's Reinildo Mandanva was then sent off and the visitor levelled after the break courtesy of Damien Da Silva's goal.

Angers got off to a perfect start when Ismael Traore's first-half goal earned the side a 1-0 win at Dijon. The Ligue 1 season started on Friday with a goalless draw between Girondins de Bordeaux and Nantes after a five-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 crisis. Paris: Rennes captain Damien Da Silva scored late to earn his side a 1-1 draw at Lille on Saturday in a French league game where both teams finished with 10 men. After Rennes defender Sacha Boey was sent off in the 35th minute for raising a foot near left back Reinildo's head, Lille took the lead five minutes later through forward Jonathan Bamba's low shot. But moments later Reinildo was also red-carded for a crude late tackle and center half Da Silva slid in his side's equalizer from close range in the 74th.

Rennes almost won it when forward Martin Terrier, signed from Lyon, hit the crossbar in the 85th. Rennes finished third last season to secure a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds while Lille was fourth and went straight into the Europa League. In Saturday's other game, Angers won 1-0 at Dijon, with center half Ismaël Traoré netting from close range midway through the first half. Among Sunday's four games Monaco hosts Reims and coach Patrick Vieira's Nice side takes on promoted Lens. In Friday's season-opener, Nantes drew 0-0 at Bordeaux, a match which replaced Marseille's game against Saint-Etienne.

That match was called off after three more coronavirus cases at Marseille. Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon are not playing this weekend, because they were involved in Champions League games this week. PSG takes on Bayern Munich in Sunday's final in Lisbon while Lyon lost in the semifinals to Bayern. 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. 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. 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.