Nov 1, 2014 at 7pm UK at ​Stade Saint-Symphorien
Metz
3-2
Caen
Maiga (10', 50'), Malouda (90' pen.)
Choplin (57'), Lejeune (64')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Calve (66'), Koita (83')
Yahia (88')

Result: Caen fightback denies Metz

Florent Malouda's late penalty earns Metz a 3-2 Ligue 1 victory over Caen at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.

A 90th-minute penalty from Florent Malouda handed Metz a 3-2 victory over Caen in a dramatic Ligue 1 meeting at the Stade Saint-Symphorien this evening.

It took Metz just 10 minutes to break the deadlock with a swift counter-attack which ended in Modibo Maiga tapping in from Malouda's inviting cross.

Metz' players celebrate Mali striker Modiba Maga scoring his second goal during the French first division L1 football match against Caen on November 1, 2014© Getty Images

Ahmed Kashi came agonisingly close to doubling his side's advantage moments later when his 30-yard strike rattled the crossbar.

Despite falling behind early on, Caen looked dangerous when they did get players forward, and were only denied an equaliser when Johann Carrasso pushed a Lenny Nangis effort past the post.

Metz made Caen pay for not turning their pressure into goals early in the second half as Maiga latched onto a through ball from Kevin Lejeune before slotting in his second of the night.

However, Caen refused to accept defeat and put the pressure on their rivals by pulling a goal back via Jean Calve's unstoppable free kick.

Caen's French defender Jean Calve (L) congratulates Caen's French Guinean forward Bangaly-Fode Koita (R) after he scored a goal during the French first division L1 football match against Metz on November 1, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors piled on the pressure in the closing stages, and they eventually scored a deserved equaliser seven minutes from time when Bengali-Fode Koita headed in from Florian Raspentino's dangerous ball into the box.

There was still time for one final twist as Alaeddine Yahia handed Metz the chance to win the game by bringing down Maiga in the box, and receiving a red card for his troubles.

Malouda stepped up from 12 yards to calmly slot home at the end of a dramatic evening.

Metz' Malian forward Modibo Maiga (R) vies with Nice's French midfielder Nampalys Mendy during the French L1 football match Nice (OGC Nice) vs Metz (FC Metz) on September 13, 2014
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