Bordeaux defeats Lens, moves into tie for second in Ligue 1 table
LENS, France (AP) — Bordeaux beat struggling Lens 2-1 to go level on points with second-place Paris Saint-Germain in the French league on Saturday.
Bordeaux midfielder Wahbi Khazri finished off a counterattack to open the scoring in the 24th minute. Mali striker Cheick Diabate doubled the lead by dribbling past goalkeeper Valentin Belon in the 41st for his fifth league goal this season.< After scoring, Diabate rushed toward the touchline to hug Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol, who could not hold back tears later on the bench. Sagnol apologized Thursday for making disparaging comments on African players this week.
Before kickoff, Sagnol shook hands with Lens coach Antoine Kombouare, who was born in New Caledonia and said Thursday he "felt humiliated and hurt" when he heard those comments.
Lens striker Yoann Touzghar scored a consolation goal with a penalty in the 74th.
Touzghar benefited from an officiating mistake as Bordeaux defender Marc Planus headed a high ball out before colliding with Lens forward Pablo Chavarria. The collision was deemed a foul by the referee.
Later Saturday, it's: Bastia vs. Montpellier; Caen vs. Nantes; Evian vs. Nice; and Toulouse vs. Metz.
On Sunday, leader Marseille visits defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon hosts Guingamp, Lille travels to Reims and Saint-Etienne faces Monaco.
Rennes edged Lorient 1-0.