Kadewere takes aim at PSG after rescuing Lyon


Zimbabwean international Tino Kadewere has rallied his Lyon teammates to get ready for the showdown against PSG next Sunday after rising from the bench to grab a last-gasp equaliser for his French side as they drew 1-1 at Marshall Munetsi’s Stade de Reims on Friday.

Kadewere cancelled out Mathieu Cafaro’s first-half opener two minutes into stoppage time to put third-placed Lyon on 60 points from 29 games behind Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference and two off league leaders Lille.

The goal ended the Harare-born striker’s seven-game goal drought. “It was a difficult game. We had a lot of chances to win. The season is not over yet. We have to work to be ready for PSG. I’m happy to be back on the scoresheet,” he told the Lyon media team after the game.

PSG welcome Nantes and Lille travel to Monaco on Sunday. Lyon, who extended their unbeaten run away from home to 13 games, will see fourth-placed Monaco move within two points of them if the Principality side win on Sunday.

In Reims, the hosts deservedly broke the deadlock after 33 minutes when Cafaro unleashed a fine half-volley that flew under the crossbar.

Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta came close to equalising early in the second half but Predrag Rajkovic palmed the Brazilian’s attempt away before denying Kadewere with another great save.

Reims, who are 11th on 35 points, had another great chance through Cafaro but Anthony Lopes’s save kept Lyon afloat. The visitors were eventually rewarded when Kadewere headed home from Memphis Depay’s cross to salvage a point.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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