Khazri's 68-metre goal earns point for Saint-Etienne

Wahbi Khazri scored a sensational goal as Saint-Etienne drew at Metz

Wahbi Khazri scored a sensational goal as Saint-Etienne drew at Metz Creator: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri scored from well inside his own half as Saint-Etienne drew 1-1 at fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Metz on Saturday.

Farid Boulaya drilled in a long-range free-kick to give Metz an early lead, but his goal was upstaged minutes later by Khazri's memorable strike, measured at 68 metres according to Opta.

Khazri dribbled upfield after retrieving the ball inside his own penalty area and hammered it over the backpedalling Alexandre Oukidja for his fourth goal in as many games, and seventh of the season. 

"I've tried it a lot, sometimes they make fun of me, but when it comes off it's good. It's good for the team above all," Khazri told Prime Video.

"I took the ball forward and I didn't have too many options, I had a go and pulled it off."

Saint-Etienne have drawn three of their past four matches but remain bottom of the table and without a win through 12 games of the season. Metz are just one point above them in 18th place.

Lyon bounced back from a tough loss at Nice last weekend by beating second-placed Lens 2-1 to climb to within a point of the top three.

Karl Toko Ekambi scored a penalty and Houssem Aouar added a second for the hosts before half-time. Arnaud Kalimuendo pulled a goal back for Lens, who lost for the second time in three games.

Lens trail leaders Paris Saint-Germain by 10 points after Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria struck late goals in a 2-1 victory at home to reigning champions Lille on Friday.

Nice, Marseille and Rennes could all move above Lens with victories on Sunday.

More from category

Recommended articles

Terem Moffi and Innocent Bonke see managerial change at Ligue 1 side Lorient

Terem Moffi and Innocent Bonke see managerial change at Ligue 1 side Lorient

'90+34 mins' - Nigerians react as controversial NPFL game between Katsina United, Remo end 3-2

'90+34 mins' - Nigerians react as controversial NPFL game between Katsina United, Remo end 3-2

10 things you should know about the 2022 NPFL champions Rivers United

10 things you should know about the 2022 NPFL champions Rivers United

Osimhen defends Napoli as he reveals why he missed AFCON with the Super Eagles

Osimhen defends Napoli as he reveals why he missed AFCON with the Super Eagles

'That game must BOOM' - Reactions as Pastor spotted preaching with BetKing shirt in church

'That game must BOOM' - Reactions as Pastor spotted preaching with BetKing shirt in church

Former Wolves star explains why Joe Aribo will shine in the Premier League

Former Wolves star explains why Joe Aribo will shine in the Premier League