Valencia concedes late in 1-1 draw against last-place Lille

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LILLE, France (AP) — Valencia conceded a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw against last-place Lille on Wednesday to miss an opportunity to move into a three-way tie at the top of Group H in the Champions League.

Denis Cheryshev put Valencia ahead in the 63rd minute after a pass by Kevin Gameiro following a fast breakaway by the Spanish club, but substitute Jonathan Ikoné equalized for the hosts with a shot from inside the area in the fifth minute of injury time.

A win would have left Valencia with six points, tied with Chelsea and Ajax after three matches, but left it with four instead. Lille earned its first point.

Chelsea won 1-0 at Ajax earlier on Wednesday.

Valencia played a man down from the 84th as Mouctar Diakhaby was sent off with a second yellow card for a foul to stop a counterattack.

The hosts dominated throughout the game but couldn't capitalize on its numerous chances until Ikoné's goal.

Yusuf Yazici's long-range shot struck the crossbar in the 40th, and substitute Loic Remy squandered a great chance in the 74th when his shot from near the penalty spot missed wide. Lille wanted a penalty late in the first half for a handball from a Valencia player inside the area but video review determined there was no foul.

Making its first group stage appearance in seven seasons, Lille had lost seven of its last eight Champions League games.


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