SM Caen 0 – 0 Angers SCO

SM Caen moved level on points with second-placed Olympique Lyonnais after holding on for an hour with 10 men to draw for the first time this season, 0-0 at home to Angers SCO.

Caen could have gone clear in second with a victory at the Stade Michel-d’Ornano but they will be pleased with the point after Alaeddine Yahia was sent off in the 31st minute. Angers could not make the most of their extra man and, while they are just two points off second, they have now gone five games without a win in all competitions and more than eight hours without scoring a goal.

Deprived of the services of winger Abdoul Razzagui Camara here, it was nevertheless Angers who threatened first on a bright but chilly Normandy day when Billy Ketkéophomphone forced a save from Rémy Vercoutre with a long-range shot.

However, Caen, who were unchanged from the team that beat Guingamp at home in their last outing, came into things and Ronny Rodelin saw his attempt deflected behind by Romain Thomas at the end of a counter-attack that he had instigated.

Along with Andy Delort, Julien Féret has been Caen’s main creative threat this season and it was he who came closest to breaking the deadlock before the interval. With half an hour gone he fed Vincent Bessat before latching onto the return ball and crashing in a shot from 16 yards that Ludovic Butelle somehow touched onto the bar with his fingertip.

Féret, Mangani hit woodwork

Patrice Garande’s team were in the ascendancy but the wind was knocked out of their sails by the sending-off of Yahia a minute later. The defender was shown a straight red card by referee Frank Schneider for a dangerous challenge that caught Billy Ketkéophomphone on the ankle, leaving Caen to play for an hour with 10 men.

However, Caen largely restricted the visitors to long-range attempts in the second half, with Mangani having one ferocious effort tipped over by Vercoutre and then crashing another shot off the bar from 30 yards with the goalkeeper beaten on 74 minutes.

In between, Cheikh N’Doye headed over from a Mangani cross, while a Dennis Appiah cross at the other end almost embarrassed Butelle, the ball clipping the woodwork on its way over.