Lille held 1-1 at Bastia in French league

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm •  Published: May 2, 2014

BASTIA, France (AP) — Lille missed an opportunity to clinch a Champions League spot by drawing 1-1 with mid-table Bastia in the French league on Friday.

Lille striker Salomon Kalou cut inside fullback Fethi Harek to curl a low shot into the bottom corner in the 32nd minute. But Bastia winger Wahbi Khazri leveled by heading home a cross from Florian Raspentino in the 85th.

Lille stayed in third place, seven points behind Monaco but eight points clear of Saint-Etienne.

A victory would have guaranteed Lille a top-three finish. The second-place team qualifies for the group stage of the Champions League while the team finishing third enters the preliminary round of the lucrative European competition.

On Saturday, Rennes faces Guingamp in the French Cup final. Their league games are therefore postponed to Wednesday, with Paris Saint-Germain hosting Rennes and Guingamp traveling to Monaco.

On Sunday, it's: Saint-Etienne vs. Montpellier; Lorient vs. Ajaccio; Reims vs. Evian; Sochaux vs. Nice; Toulouse vs. Nantes; Valenciennes vs. Bordeaux; and Marseille vs. Lyon.