Auxerre fight back for point at Lyon

January 22, 2006

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A brave AJ Auxerre came from behind to hold runaway leaders Olympique Lyon to a 1-1 draw in their Ligue 1 match at the Stade Gerland on Sunday.

Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra opened the scoring a minute before the break but substitute Peguy Luyindula equalised for the Burgundy side in injury time to deny Lyon a 17th win.

The champions, who are chasing a record fifth successive title, have had their lead cut by two points to 12 over second-placed Girondins Bordeaux this weekend.

Lyon have 54 points from 23 games while Bordeaux bolstered their standing in second place with a hard-earned 2-1 win over struggling Racing Strasbourg on Saturday.

Auxerre stay third with 39 points ahead of Lille on 37 after their goalless draw at Toulouse on Saturday.

Olympique Marseille (35 points) and Paris St Germain (37) lost ground in the race for a Champions League's berth.

Sixth-placed Marseille slumped to a 3-1 defeat at lowly AC Ajaccio while PSG slipped one spot to fifth as they went down 1-0 at Nice with their second loss in four league matches.

Monaco shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Racing Lens earlier on Sunday leaving the northern team waiting for their first Ligue 1 win this year following the mid-table clash.

Monaco teenager Serge Gakpe marked a rare league appearance with a brilliant goal after just six minutes but Lens defender Nicolas Gillet equalised in the dying seconds of the first half.

Gakpe, who replaced the principality team's Italian recruit Christian Vieri after he was ruled out by gastroenteritis, outsprinted the defence to beat goalkeeper Charles Itandje.

Gillet levelled from close range in first-half injury time for the home side in an otherwise lacklustre game.

Lens, who lost last week to Nancy and Auxerre, are seventh with 34 points, while Monaco are ninth with 33.