PARIS (AFP) – Leaders Lyon failed to take advantage of stalemates by chasing Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Lorient in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
PSG and Marseille, who were both held 2-2 over the weekend, remain two points behind Lyon, who have 51 points from 25 games.
A Jordan Ayew header early in the second half stunned the French leaders before they grabbed a point when Clinton N’Jie levelled with 12 minutes to go.
“There’s a lukewarm feeling after this game. If you only look at the first 50 minutes, we’re lucky to get away with one point,” said Lyon coach Hubert Fournier.
“In the last 30 minutes, however, we had the ambition to go and get a victory. (Yoann) Gourcuff coming in helped us as he linked up with his teammates and it all became easier.
“We had one or two chances in the end to get the win but the result is fair between teams who dominated a half each.”
Ghana forward Ayew, playing his first game since losing to the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations final, was at the end of a Benjamin Jeannot cross to net his seventh goal of the season just five minutes after coming on at halftime.
Struggling in Brittany, Lyon relied on N’Jie to find the net at a time when a goal seemed unlikely.
The young forward profited from a Wesley Lautoa mistake, exploited by Gourcuff and Henri Bedimo, to apply a low finish past keeper Benjamin Lecomte.