October 23, 2019 / 9:27 PM / a month ago

Ikone's late goal gives Lille 1-1 draw with Valencia

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Lille v Valencia - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - October 23, 2019 Lille's Yusuf Yazici in action with Valencia's Jaume Costa REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

(Reuters) - Substitute Jonathan Ikone blasted home an equaliser deep into stoppage time to give Lille a 1-1 draw against 10-man Valencia to secure the French side’s first point in their Champions League Group H campaign on Wednesday.

The home side dominated throughout and created more than enough opportunities to win the game, but their defence was superbly sliced open midway through the second half as Denis Cheryshev put the visitors ahead.

Valencia had Mouctar Diakhaby sent off five minutes from time after being shown two yellow cards in quick succession, and Lille made the most of that advantage when Ikone struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time to snatch a point.

Ajax Amsterdam top the group with six points, ahead of second-placed Chelsea on goal difference despite losing to the Londoners at home earlier on Wednesday.

Valencia are third on four points and Lille bottom on one point.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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