Khazri wonder goal for Saint-Etienne in 1-1 draw with Metz

METZ, France (AP) — Wahbi Khazri scored a contender for goal of the season to salvage a point for last-place Saint-Etienne in a 1-1 draw at Metz in the French league on Saturday.

Algeria international Farid Boulaya gave Metz the lead in the ninth minute with a free kick into the top corner before Khazri equalized in the 16th with an outrageous lob. The Tunisia forward ran from his own area, spotted an advanced Alexandre Oukidja before picking his spot from more than 70 yards to lob the Metz goalkeeper.

“We know we are in a historic club, a big club. We fight for this club,” Saint-Etienne center back Timothee Kolodziejczak told Amazon Prime Video. “We’re still 20th today, it’s not easy. But we don’t give up, we still give everything.”

Khazri raised his tally to seven league goals this season and could have added another in the 38th but was denied by Oukidja, whose foot diverted his low strike. English goalkeeper Etienne Green preserved the point for the visitors by saving a header from Boubacar Kouyate and a shot from Opa Nguette in the 88th.

Metz snapped a three-game losing streak while Saint-Etienne still has not won this season. Both teams remain in the relegation zone.

Second-place Lens visits Lyon later Saturday.

On Friday, Angel Di Maria set up the equalizer and then netted the winning goal himself as Paris Saint-Germain rallied past defending champion Lille 2-1 to stretch its lead at the top of the French league to 10 points.

The 12th round ends Sunday with Angers vs. Nice, Bordeaux vs. Reims, Montpellier vs. Nantes, Strasbourg vs. Lorient, Troyes vs. Rennes, Brest vs. Monaco and Clermont vs. Marseille.

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