Olympique Lyonnais were left frustrated as they failed to steal a march on AS Monaco in the race for second place with a 1-1 draw at home to Angers SCO on Sunday.
Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 Angers SCO
With AS Monaco - the team that started the weekend ahead of them on goal difference - held at Montpellier on Saturday, Lyon would have been hoping to take advantage of the slip by the reigning French champions.
Intentions are one thing, but Angers - second-from-bottom at kick-off - had other ideas. Stéphane Moulin's side made the ideal start when Angelo Fulgini was brought down by Jérémy Morel inside the OL penalty area - Karl Toko Ekambi had little trouble tucking away the spot-kick to take his tally to double figures for the league campaign (14').
The visitors, who had been knocked out of both domestic competitions in their opening two matches of 2018, might have even had a second before the half-hour mark. Toko Ekambi picked up the ball just inside the area, and fizzed a shot just over the crossbar (28').
Toko Ekambi threat
A Maxwel Cornet header (32') went close for the hosts, but it was not until early in the second half that they pulled level. On the right flank, Rafael moved forward and found Cornet inside the box - he then picked out Fekir, who bent a shot beyond Ludovic Butelle (47').
Butelle, who was making his second league debut for Angers after returning to the club in the winter transfer window, watched from the opposite end of the pitch as Toko Ekambi - ever dangerous - escaped the home back four only to shoot across goal (57').
Lyon came close to snatching it: Romain Thomas cleared a Memphis Depay effort off the line (70') and Butelle pushed out Houssem Aouar's header (78') as Angers clung on despite the late dismissal of Flavien Tait (84').
THE PLAYER: Nabil Fekir
The Lyon captain picked up where he left off in 2017 with another goal, his 14th of the league season. That is already his best-ever tally for a top-flight campaign, and he still has just under half a season to go.
THE STAT: 10
Fekir suffered ten fouls during the game, more than any Ligue 1 player in a single 90 minutes in the last decade.