Ligue 1: Lens hold leaders Lyon

September 22, 2005

PARIS, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Racing Lens confirmed their good start to the season by holding Olympique Lyon to a 1-1 draw away in Ligue 1 on Thursday.

The northern side went in front thanks to defender Amada Coulibaly who headed home a free kick by Yohann Demont in the sixth minute.

Lyon equalised eight minutes before the interval when Portuguese midfielder Tiago curled in a shot from 18 metres.

Lyon, who had a perfect record at home since the start of the season, had a goal by Benoit Pedretti denied for an offside position in the 44th.

The champions retain top spot in the standings but their lead was cut from three points to two after their second consecutive draw. They laboured to a lucky and hardly deserved 1-1 result at Girondins Bordeaux last week.

Paris St Germain are now second after they beat Lille 2-1 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, captain Pedro Pauleta scoring his side's two goals.

Lens climbed to fourth, five points behind Lyon and one below promoted Le Mans in third place.