Rennes moved level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1 on Friday after a 1-1 home draw against ten-man Lille who had Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama sent off.
The Brittany club are enjoying their finest ever start to a season as they improved to four wins, a draw and one defeat to take their 13th point alongside the defending champions who still lead on goal difference.
For Lille, the result is their fourth draw in six matches to go with one victory and a defeat as Herve Renard’s men climb to tenth.
The visitors grabbed the opening goal just after half-time when French-born Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Boufal fired a low left-foot shot past the despairing dive of Rennes ‘keeper Abdoulaye Diallo.
It was only Lille’s second goal of the season but their chances of victory suffered a blow when Enyeama was shown a straight red card for bringing down Ivory Coast striker Giovanni Sio and conceding a penalty in the process with 23 minutes left.
Reserve ‘keeper Mike Maignan came in to face the spot-kick and promptly blocked Paul-Georges Ntep’s shot down the middle of the goal with his legs.
However, Ntep made up for his mistake minutes later when he bundled the ball home for the Rennes equaliser following a scramble in the Lille penalty box on 77 minutes.
PSG put their unbeaten start to the season on the line in the afternoon match on Saturday at third-placed Reims while the weekend’s most attractive match takes place at the Velodrome on Sunday when Marseille host Lyon.