Ngando scores with first touch to earn Rennes draw
PARIS (AP) -Substitute Axel Ngando scored a last-minute equalizer with his first touch in professional football to earn Rennes a 2-2 draw at Lorient in a thrilling Brittany derby on Saturday.
Jeremie Aliadiere blasted a superb solo goal into the top corner with 10 minutes left as Lorient looked set to provisionally move above Rennes into fourth place. However, the 19-year-old Ngando finished calmly just seconds after coming on as Rennes again salvaged a draw following last weekend's late equalizer against Marseille.
"It's amazing just to come on for a few minutes,'' said Ngando, who was part of the club's youth academy. "I tried to give everything for my team, we got a point and hopefully it will serve us well at the end of the season.''
Midfielder Yann Jouffre put Lorient ahead in the 31st before forward Mevlut Erding equalized early in the second half to make up for two big misses.
Bordeaux and Nice could move above Rennes by winning their matches later Saturday.
PSG thrashed Toulouse 4-0 on Friday to move three points clear of Lyon, which travels to Corsican side Ajaccio on Sunday, and six points ahead of bitter rival Marseille, which hosts last-place Nancy.
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 20th league goal in as many games - a day after PSG announced the signing of 37-year-old former England captain David Beckham on a five-month deal.
Aliadiere was one of the most exciting prospects in French football when he joined Arsenal as a 17-year-old player 12 years ago, before a succession of injuries wrecked his Premier League chances and nearly ended his career entirely.
He showed all of his natural ability when he collected the ball in midfield with his back to goal, turned round, took a touch forward, went sideways past two defenders and smacked the ball into the top right corner from 25 yards (meters) out for his ninth league goal of the season.
Jouffre opened the scoring with his first goal of the season to cap a fine attacking move as Lorient dominated most of the first half. Only winger Romain Alessandrini showed any attacking threat for Rennes in the first half, until Erding blazed over the bar in the 45th after being sent clean through by Julien Feret.
Erding went through again at the start of the second half, rounded goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte but saw his shot cleared off the line.
The Turkey forward made it third time lucky in the 56th when he latched onto a long ball from midfield, brushed off the challenge of defender Lamine Kone, rounded Lecomte and planted a firm angled shot into the middle of the goal.
Jouffre had a shot saved moments later as Lorient hit straight back and Aliadere curled a ball just over in the 68th.
"We had lots of chances but they still deserved a draw,'' Kone said. "We were too shaky at the end.''
Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti watched most of the second half from the stands following a touchline exchange with referee Bartolomeu Varela.
"You'll have to ask him why because I don't know,'' Antonetti said of his punishment.
In Saturday's later matches, it's: Bastia vs. Evian; Bordeaux vs. Valenciennes; Brest vs. Nice; Lille vs. Troyes; and Sochaux vs. Saint-Etienne.
Montpellier hosts Reims in Sunday's other game.