Franck Haise’s men won 3-2 at Bollaert, in a match with a breathtaking scenario.
Beaten by Arsenal 6-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, Franck Haise’s men resumed at home against Lyon (3-2). Thanks to a goal from Saïd and a double from Frankowski, the Sang et Or finally dominated a good Lyon team. Despite the presence of Pierre Sage, who signed his first on the Lyon bench, and a double from O’brien, the Gones left Lens empty-handed and remained in last place in the Ligue 1 standings stuck at seven points. The Lensois extend their unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 to nine matches, and move up to sixth place in the championship.
The spectators did not have time to get bored in this first act! From the second minute of play, the Lyonnais took advantage of an excellent cross from Mata to get the first big chance of the match, a volley from Moreira which ended up in the left net of Brice Samba’s goal. Danso then did not go far from an own goal, countering a strike from Nuamah who had benefited from a excellent work by Cherki (14e). And on the corner that followed, Les Gones finally improved on their excellent start to the match. The set piece hit by Nuamah from right to left found the head of O’brien, who scored his second goal of the season and left Samba on the spot (15e). But in the process it was this same O’brien who was guilty of an error by trying to restart with a header. Wesley Saïd took the opportunity to go alone on the counter and deceive Lopes (26e), scoring his third goal of the season at the same time. Subsequently, the debates became balanced. Lopes on a beautiful roll from Saïd (39e), then Samba on a volley from Lacazette (40e) maintaining the status quo before returning to the locker room.
Frankowski responds to O’brien
Franck Haise took advantage of the break to bring in Frankowski, in place of Machado. And as is often the case, the Lensois coach was not mistaken. The newcomer was responsible for converting a penalty obtained by Wesley Saïd following a foul by Alvero. The Pole did not tremble when taking Lopes on the wrong foot (52e). This goal did not prevent the Lyonnais from continuing to be dangerous, and Moreira warmed Samba’s gloves in the 59thth, taking over an excellent center from Caqueret. The start of the festival for the French international, who then stood in front of Rayan Cherki (71e). Meanwhile, it was Lopes who stood out in front of Medina, while Danso failed to push the ball into the back of the net. Then at 72th minute, the combination which led to Lyon’s first goal was reproduced identically. On a Nuamah corner from the right, O’brien scored twice to put OL back on level terms (72e).
The Lyonnais may have regrets
But the joy was short-lived for the visitors. A few moments after the start, Frankowski took advantage of a good cross from Aguilar from the right to score with a beautiful volley from the left and also sign a double (74e). The score then remained unchanged, despite a huge double opportunity for Tagliafico, which Samba (again) diverted for a corner. In added time, Sotoca saw red after being guilty of a big sole on the Achilles tendon of the Argentinian side. RC Lens takes advantage of this victory to come back to within two points of Monaco, third, while waiting for the other matches of this fourteenth day of Ligue 1. The Lyonnais, for their part, may have regrets and remain last in Ligue 1.