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Khazri’s 68-metre goal earns point for Saint-Etienne to draw Metz 1-1

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Saint-Etienne midfielder WahbiKhazri celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the French L1 football match against Metz (FC Metz) on Saturday. AFP

Khazri’s 68-metre goal earns point for Saint-Etienne to draw Metz 1-1

Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri scored from well inside his own half as Saint-Etienne drew 1-1 at fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Metz on Saturday.

Farid Boulaya drilled in a long-range free-kick to give Metz an early lead, but his goal was upstaged minutes later byKhazri’s memorable strike, measured at 68 metres according to Opta.

Khazri dribbled upfield after retrieving the ball inside his own penalty area and hammered it over the backpedalling Alexandre Oukidja for his fourth goal in as many games, and seventh of the season.

“I’ve tried it a lot, sometimes they make fun of me, but when it comes off it’s good. It’s good for the team above all,” Khazri told Prime Video.

“I took the ball forward and I didn’t have too many options, I had a go and pulled it off.”

Saint-Etienne have drawn three of their past four matches but remain bottom of the table and without a win through 12 games of the season. Metz are just one point above them in 18th place.

Lyon bounced back from a tough loss at Nice the previous weekend by beating second-placed Lens 2-1 to climb to within a point of the top three.

Karl TokoEkambi scored a penalty and HoussemAouar added a second for the hosts before half-time. Arnaud Kalimuendo pulled a goal back for Lens, who lost for the second time in three games.

Lens trail leaders Paris Saint-Germain by 10 points after Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria struck late goals in a 2-1 victory at home to reigning champions Lille on Friday.

Nice, Marseille and Rennes could all move above Lens with victories on Sunday.

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