Pavel Kaderabek scored in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for 10-man Hoffenheim at Lyon on Wednesday and keep alive a glimmer of hope for the German club in the tournament.

With Manchester City thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Group F’s other game, a loss would have put Hoffenheim out of contention. But Kaderabek, a Czech international, put the teams level with a simple finish from a free kick two minutes into added time after being left unmarked at the far post.

Lyon forward Memphis Depay, right, challenges for the ball with Hoffenheim midfielder Kevin Vogt during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon forward Memphis Depay, right, challenges for the ball with Hoffenheim midfielder Kevin Vogt during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Lyon would have taken a big step toward the knockout phase with a win but wasted a two-goal lead and could not take advantage of Kasim Adams Nuhu’s sending off in the 51st minute following a second yellow card for a foul on Nabil Fekir.

Lyon's soccer players celebrate after Lyon forward Nabil Fekir scores his side's first goal during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon’s soccer players celebrate after Lyon forward Nabil Fekir scores his side’s first goal during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

City leads the group with nine points, three more than Lyon. Hoffenheim is in third place with three points ahead of Shakhtar on two.

Hoffenheim defender Nico Schulz, left, and Lyon defender Rafael, challenges for the ball during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Hoffenheim defender Nico Schulz, left, and Lyon defender Rafael, challenges for the ball during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele scored first-half goals for the seven-time French champions before Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric pulled one back after the interval for Hoffenheim.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio experimented with a new system, playing with three center-halves for the first time this season. But his players struggled to adapt to the strategic move and the visitors dominated early exchanges.

Hoffenheim forward Ishak Belfodil, centre right, Lyon defender Marcelo challenge for the ball during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Hoffenheim forward Ishak Belfodil, centre right, Lyon defender Marcelo challenge for the ball during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

They camped in Lyon’s half for prolonged periods until defender Ferland Mendy hit the woodwork in the 19th minute with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

Hoffenheim defender Nico Schulz reacts after Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele scores his side's 2nd goal during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Hoffenheim defender Nico Schulz reacts after Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele scores his side’s 2nd goal during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Fekir recovered the ball from the rebound but could not beat keeper Oliver Baumann, who denied an effort from Tanguy Ndombele straight afterward. A scramble in the box followed and resulted in Fekir founding the net from close range with his right foot in the 20th minute.

Lyon forward Nabil Fekir runs with the ball during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon forward Nabil Fekir runs with the ball during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Hoffenheim had an excellent chance to level nearly immediately but Anthony Lopes made a terrific save to deny a point-blank strike from Ishak Belfodil from a corner.

Lyon defender Ferland Mendy, right, shots the ball past Hoffenheim midfielder Kevin Vogt during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon defender Ferland Mendy, right, shots the ball past Hoffenheim midfielder Kevin Vogt during a Champions League group F soccer match between Lyon and Offenheim in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

With the momentum gone, Hoffenheim went two goals down in the 28th minute as Ndombele connected with a cut-back pass from Mendy just inside the box at the end of a fast move and rifled a shot that took a deflection and wrongfooted Baumann.

Kramaric scored in the 65th minute with a fine shot from outside the box before Kaderabek came to the German club’s rescue in added time.

Source: The Associated Press

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