Ligue 1 Roundup: Balogun’s 1st goal for Monaco not enough as Lorient earns draw


PARIS (AP) — United States forward Folarin Balogun’s first goal for Monaco was not enough as the league leader conceded a last-gasp equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Lorient on Sunday.

Balogun scored in the 69th minute after Aleksandr Golovin picked him out in the penalty area and he held off a defender before finishing with his left foot.

The 22-year-old Balogun joined Monaco from Premier League side Arsenal for 40 million euros ($43.6 million), after scoring 21 league goals in the first division last season on loan to Reims. But Romain Faivre equalized for Lorient in the seventh minute of injury time.

After Benin striker Aiyegun Tosin fired Lorient ahead in the second minute with his first goal for the club, Golovin equalized in the 17th with midfielder Youssouf Fofana setting him up.

Former Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy came on for Lorient in the 70th. The left back, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, signed a two-year deal with Lorient in July, after he was found not guilty of raping a woman and the attempted rape of another. He had not played for City since 2021.

In later matches, Marseille was at home to Toulouse and struggling Lyon hosted Le Havre after parting ways with coach Laurent Blanc.

Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain lost 3-2 at home to Nice on Friday.

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